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Tunisia: New Air Unit to Monitor Terrorists’ Infiltration via Shores

Tunisia: New Air Unit to Monitor Terrorists’ Infiltration via Shores

Friday, 23 August, 2019 - 09:45
A pulled over boat carrying 175 illegal immigrants is seen on the shore after the boat was caught by Tunisian coastal guards in Zarzis, Tunisia on April 13, 2015, file photo.
Tunis - Mongi Saidani
The Tunisian Ministry of Interior has announced setting up a new air unit reinforced by three Bell 429 helicopters. The unit will be assigned to monitor the Tunisian shores during disasters and health evacuation as well as prevent infiltration of terrorist members to the Tunisian tourist regions.

Security sources revealed that this unit would regularly oversee the Tunisian shores – this would clamp down upcoming terrorist risks (around 1,300 km from the shores.) It would also observe the illegal migration towards Italian shores.

Tunisia declared a closed military zone in states of the western center in addition to an isolated region along the eastern border with Libya. Moreover, a berm and an electronic fence were built to limit repetitive infiltration of terrorists from terror camps in Libya.

The Tunisian shores remained unsupervised, which demanded to form this unit to reduce terrorist threats.

Notably, Tunisian security reports affirmed that terrorist Seif Eddine Rizki who targeted a tourist hotel in Sousse (in the center of eastern Tunisia) on June 26, 2015, sneaked through the Tunisian shores facing Sousse.

He opened fire on a group of foreign tourists, killing 39. Most of the victims were British.




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