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Spain demands explanation from Morocco on man's death

By the CNN Wire
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The man was found dead in a Saharan city, according to CNN Spanish affiliate CNN Plus
  • It is not clear whether Buyema's death is directly attributed to recent clashes there
  • Moroccan authorities raided a camp in Western Sahara on Monday
RELATED TOPICS
  • Spain
  • Morocco

(CNN) -- Spain is demanding that Morocco explain the death of an apparent Spanish citizen, according to a Spanish Foreign Ministry statement.

Baby Hamadi Buyema was found dead Wednesday in the Western Saharan city of Laayoune, according to CNN's Spanish affiliate, CNN Plus.

The city is in a long-disputed territorial region between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front. Deadly clashes erupted in the region earlier this week between Moroccan forces and local rebels.

It is not clear whether Buyema's death is directly attributed to the clashes. Late Thursday, Spain issued the statement saying it had asked for an explanation of the man's death.

This week's violence also coincided with a round of talks -- informally backed by the United Nations -- between Morocco and representatives of Polisario Front, which demands independence for the region.

Polisario said Moroccan authorities raided a camp in Western Sahara on Monday, leaving 19 people dead, 723 wounded, and 159 missing, and it said the fighting had continued after the raid.

Morocco's official news agency said eight Moroccan police officers also died in the raid.