Category: Local

New Areas Around Chaambi Declared Military Zones

New Areas Around Chaambi Declared Military Zones

| 17 April 2014 | 0 Comments

More areas around Chaambi mountain on the Algerian border have been declared “closed military zones,” the president announced in a statement Wednesday. Cheker Bouajilla, spokesperson for President Moncef Marzouki, told Tunisia Live that the president’s decision expands on the areas closed last summer. “Chambi mountain has been a military zone since last summer and areas [...]

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Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis

Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis

| 16 April 2014 | 1 Comment

The poor men who fish in the old port of Tunis have seen the harbor basin spoiled by pollution. Industrial discharge and sewage have affected the water, while construction waste has accumulated on the docks. People rummage in piles of waste for something that may be of use, with many collecting plastic bottles and empty [...]

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Six Security Officers Injured in Rouhia Clashes

Six Security Officers Injured in Rouhia Clashes

| 10 April 2014 | 2 Comments

Six security officers were injured in Rouhia in central Tunisia during clashes between authorities and protesters following arrests on Monday, according to official sources. For the second straight day, security forces and people described by authorities as “extremists” fought in Rouhia, a town in the state of Siliana, state news agency TAP reported. The demonstrators [...]

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Libya Border Crossing Reopens After Protests

Libya Border Crossing Reopens After Protests

| 08 April 2014 | 0 Comments

The Ras Jedir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya was reopened Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by the office of President Moncef Marzouki. Residents of the nearby Tunisian town Ben Guerdane protested and went on strike last week, demanding the opening of the border and the provision of development projects in the area. [...]

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Ten Arrested Following Failed Bomb Making Attempt in Sfax

Ten Arrested Following Failed Bomb Making Attempt in Sfax

| 07 April 2014 | 0 Comments

Two suspects were arrested Saturday following a failed attempt to construct homemade bombs in El Ain, a suburb of Sfax, the Ministry of Interior said. “Two individuals were caught on the night of April 5 attempting to prepare homemade bombs, and one of these two individuals had various injuries,” a ministry statement read. The ministry also [...]

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National Guard Officer Charged in Checkpoint Shooting Death

National Guard Officer Charged in Checkpoint Shooting Death

| 03 April 2014 | 2 Comments

A national guard officer was charged Tuesday with murder and excessive use of police power following the shooting death of a man who allegedly ran a road checkpoint near the coastal city of Mahdia. The security forces union has condemned the charges, saying the officer, Feysel Ismail, was following procedure. “We condemn the ruling,” Ridha [...]

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Strikes, Protests Paralyze Tunisia-Libya Border Town

Strikes, Protests Paralyze Tunisia-Libya Border Town

| 01 April 2014 | 0 Comments

A general strike occurred Monday in Ben Guerdane, a town near the Libyan border, and protests continued on Tuesday. Demonstrators are demanding the reopening of the nearby Ras Jedir border crossing and development projects in their area, according to private radio station Mosaique FM. Shops throughout the community closed their doors for the strike, state-run [...]

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Tunisia Marks Independence Day, But Some Hope for More

Tunisia Marks Independence Day, But Some Hope for More

| 20 March 2014 | 2 Comments

Bilel Sfaxi and Nissaf Slama contributed reporting. Thursday marks the 58th anniversary of Tunisia gaining independence from France, but many Tunisians have mixed feelings about how independent their country truly is today. On March 20, 1956, Habib Bourguiba, a leader of the independence movement who would become the country’s first president, signed a protocol with [...]

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Ministry’s ‘Terrorist’ Photos May Be Boy Scout Outing

Ministry’s ‘Terrorist’ Photos May Be Boy Scout Outing

| 19 March 2014 | 1 Comment

Allegations arose Tuesday that photos described by the Ministry of Interior to be images of a terrorist training camp might actually be of a boy scout outing. In a Monday press conference, the ministry presented a series of pictures it said showed a camp training young Tunisian men to fight in Syria. “We have pictures [...]

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Public Transit Fares to Rise by Ten Percent

Public Transit Fares to Rise by Ten Percent

| 19 March 2014 | 0 Comments

A ten percent increase in the price of tickets for public transportation is expected to hit Tunisians later this year. “There is no escape from addressing [public] transportation costs,” Minister of Transportation Chiheb Ben Ahmed said Monday evening on national television, but added that the purchasing power of citizens must be taken into account. Ahmed [...]

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