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HRW 'largely supports' death toll reported by Moroccan authorities, The Washington Post.

Summary: Washington - A senior researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), Peter Bouckaert, "largely supported" the death toll reported by Moroccan authorities following vandalism acts in Laayoune city, The Washington Post said on Wednesday.

Washington - A senior researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW), Peter Bouckaert, "largely supported" the death toll reported by Moroccan authorities following vandalism acts in Laayoune city, The Washington Post said on Wednesday.

Polisario's numbers are inflated, Bouckaert said in a telephone interview from Laayoune.

"As far as we know, there is one confirmed death of a civilian, and possibly a second who died in a hospital," he added.

Boukaert told the Washington Post that "there were rumors that dozens of bodies were being held in military morgues but interviews with local residents did not support such allegations."

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