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Ettounsiya TV journalist Zouhair Letaief interviewing a Tunisian detainee in Syria

A widely-watched investigative report on the Ettounisya television station has highlighted the difficult circumstances faced by Tunisians in Syria, whether they are residing in the country by choice or have been detained because they came to fight in the war.

Tunisian journalist Zouhair Letaief, host of the Fi Samim program, reported from Damascus in an episode aired April 23 that detailed the extent to which Tunisians in Syria feel neglected by the Tunisian government.

The Tunisian embassy in Syria has been closed since February 2012 and three Tunisian students told Letaief that even though their lives are threatened by constant bombing, they are stuck in Damascus because they cannot process paperwork to leave the country.

A former employee at the Tunisian consulate in Damascus told Letaief that there are around 2000 Tunisians in Syria and most of them feel abandoned by their government.

“Some Tunisians have died because of the bombing; others are trapped outside of Damascus,” he said. “Some of them tried to go to Lebanon to fix their papers, but it wasn’t possible.”

Even for Tunisians who do not intend to leave, it can be difficult to pursue daily life since they cannot attain official recognition for marriages, deaths, or births, he added.

Nour Yahyaoui, a Tunisian resident in Syria

“There are Tunisians who are in trouble at the immigration office, as their residence here expired,” said student Nour Yahyaoui.

Letaief interviewed four detainees, three of whom were Tunisians who have been imprisoned for a year. They all paid a recruiter in order to get to Syria, and their reasons for doing so were similar: they wanted to join the fight against the Syrian government after seeing the atrocities of the war on news channels.

The three detainees said they were driven by their religion to “rescue” their “Syrian brothers and sisters,” as one said. One of the detainees asserted that President Moncef Marzouki’s decision to expel the Syrian ambassador from Tunisia last year signaled that the situation in Syria was disastrous.

In a press release issued April 22, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that staff at the Tunisian embassy in Beirut is being enhanced in order to provide improved services to Tunisians in Syria.

But on Tuesday, families of Tunisians recruited to fight in Syria protested in front of the National Constituent Assembly building in Bardo, demanding a more efficient response from government officials.

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  1. Fathi says:

    Why are we allowing our future generation to go and fight in a war not belonging to us. I fear once they were hardened by the atrocities they’ll experience and do , they ll come to reck Tunisia similar to what happened in Algeria when the first Afghan war ended.
    I fear the worse.

  2. Mohamed Benamor says:

    The Saudis and Qataris do not know what to do with the petrol money, they should instead of terrorising the world to help their own people who are still poor.
    Most of the 9-11 terrorists were from from Saudi Arabia, why did they not bomb Saudi Arabia instead of Iraq? and the terrorists in Syria are being helped by th Saudis and Qataris.

  3. Samir says:

    “they are not killers, they are glorious freedom fighters who are fighting an evil dictator and his killers”.

    I wonder what kind of idiot you are! Glorious freedom fighters? Why don’t they fight the hunger that stalks some poor Tunisians day and night?

  4. mounir says:

    Fuck proud primitive bedouin, fuck you , go sell your mother and sistas to,qatarie and saudies

    • proud primitive bedouin says:

      to “mounir”:

      thank you for your unbeliebly intelligent comment, which convinced me of your opinion, you reall shook my world and opened my mind up, keep the good advertisement for your ideology, secularists!

  5. maria says:

    I dont hate anyone and everyone knows that Assad is killing his own people but for a person from another country to go there for pay is something different. So they are mercenaries. Murderers whatever you call them. However muslims killing muslims is haram

    • proud primitive bedouin says:

      to “maria”:

      “I dont hate anyone and everyone knows that Assad is killing his own people but for a person from another country to go there for pay is something different. So they are mercenaries. Murderers whatever you call them. However muslims killing muslims is haram”

      i said that in a comment before, it is always cude to see how infidels like you use islam for their own goals when want to achieve someting. like when you say now that muslims killing muslims is haram.

      here is another recent comment from you:”Islam is a very destructive ideology, and I fail to see why that is not understood…. ”

      and you have a pretty strange definition of a “mercenary”. regular soldiers also get paid. and peopole who kill muslim men, women and children and torture them like the syrian government and its soldiers do are not muslims. and by the way syrian government is run by alewites who are not muslims.

      • maria says:

        you are a very confused person…you have absolutely nothing useful to say…..you sound like some one who sniffs crack….you bumble and mumble like a mentally disturbed person who cant tell is he is awake or sleeping….very odd. the only use you have is for people to observe madness is all its manifestations…..

        • proud primitive bedouin says:

          to “maria”:

          again, typical stupid women, they are never able to discuss rationally and can just say childish garbage

          Maria, just day openly that you hate islam, muslims and worhiph butcheres like assad

  6. maria says:

    Support should be available for those who were living there and have somehow become caught. Those who have gone to fight cant cry when things dont go the way they wanted…They are killers for hire who go to kill other people who also happen to be Muslim. Why should the government or any one else help killers.

    • proud primitive bedouin says:

      to that muslim hating Assad supporter “maria”:

      they are not killers, they are glorious freedom fighters who are fighting an evil dictator and his killers.

      but what you say doesn´t surprise me, because women are the most fanatical supporters of dictators and also of the arab secular dictators

      death to bashar al assad!

      • Mohamed Benamor says:

        To Mr proud primitive Bedouin you are a sexist living in the past, of course these merceneries are Killers, they are paid by the Qataris and Saudis to kill poeple,and you know why they are paying these mercenaries? because they want to keep them occupied over in Syria so they do not go to Qatar or Saudi Arabia. speaking of stealing, every person who is close to the money is going to steal.

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