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Restricted Security Zones to be Created Along Libya, Algeria Borders

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Restricted Security Zones to be Created Along Libya, Algeria Borders

President Moncef Marzouki and Military Personnel in Kasserine, July 2013. Image courtesy: Tunisian National Army Facebook Page

President Moncef Marzouki and Military Personnel in Kasserine, July 2013. Image courtesy: Tunisian National Army Facebook Page

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki yesterday announced the creation of security zones along the borders with Algeria and Libya.

The measures come amid continuing problems involving smuggling and the movement of armed militants over the borders.

A permit, the details of which are still unclear, would be necessary to access these areas.

Marzouki's statement came after meeting with Minister of Defense Rachid Sabbagh and Mohamed Salah Hamdi, head of the army, on Thursday, according to the Presidency's Facebook page.

Sabbagh announced that these secure zones will be created to combat terrorism and arms trafficking, according to AFP. He added that the action will last one year but did not specify the exact locations of the restricted areas.

“Setting up these zones is necessary because of the current situation and to fight against the threats that hang over Tunisia,” Sabbagh said to AFP.


Nissaf Slama is a previous author and producer with Tunisia Live. Nissaf, who graduated from the Preparatory Institute of English Literary Studies of Tunis in 2012, joined TL early 2013 where she covered political, cultural and civil society stories. Ever since, Nissaf collaborated with the New York Times and Al Jazeera English. Nissaf also interned with the Human Rights Watch where she covered Transitional Justice sexual minorities in Tunisia. Nissaf also worked with Peace Direct's Insight On Conflict as a local peacebuilding expert. Now, Nissaf works with the International Organization for Migration- Libya.


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    And are they going to enlist the help of those countries that share the borders with Tunisia. They have a a duty also to protect their own countries from terrorism. Tunisia does not have the number of troops to carry out a campaign of this size and commitment. I hope this is not all talk as so much this government says….all talk no action and I really hope they build a coalition to attack this problem in a genuine way. After all the whole situation getting to this point is the fault of this useless government in the first place….donkeys….everyone of them

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    Going before the Father!

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