Tunisia decides to beef up border security

Sixteen Tunisian troops were killed in July by around 60 militants who managed to infiltrate into Tunisia’s Chambi region on the border between Tunisia and Algeria

TUNIS (AA) – The Tunisian government on Saturday decided to beef up its security in a military buffer zone in the southern part of the country as well as in the coastal border line.

It said in a statement that Prime Minister Mahdi Jomaa had decided to intensify security presence in the aforementioned two areas.

The government did not, however, elaborate on the size of the new security reinforcements in the military buffer zone, which contains the country’s borders with neighboring Libya and Algeria.

The buffer zone was created in September 2013 upon a decision by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.

Sixteen Tunisian troops were killed in July by around 60 militants who managed to infiltrate into Tunisia’s Chambi region on the border between Tunisia and Algeria.

Some observers say a deteriorating security condition in neighboring Libya will also send its negative effects in Tunisia.

Libya has turned into an open battle field between the country’s army and allied forces on one hand and self-styled militias that were formed following the downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011 on the other.

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