Tunisia to build “anti-terror” wall on Libyan border



Tunisia has announced plans to build a wall along its border with Libya to counter the threat from jihadist militants.

It would stretch 160km (100 miles) inland from the coast, and be completed by the end of 2015, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told state TV.

The gunman who killed 38 people in an attack on a beach resort is believed to have received training in Libya.

Tunisia declared a state of emergency following the attack last month.

The Tunisian army would build the wall, which would have surveillance centres at certain points along it, Mr Essid said.

Authorities had already tightened security following the Sousse attack, in which 30 Britons were killed, deploying more than 1,400 armed officers at hotels and beaches.

Last week, Mr Essid told the BBC that the gunman, Seifeddine Rezgui, had probably trained with the Ansar al-Sharia group in Libya, though Islamic State (IS) earlier said it was behind the attack.

The BBC’s Rana Jawad in the capital, Tunis, says Tunisians do not need a visa to travel to Libya.

Over the last year, IS has set up bases in the east and west of the Libya, which shares a 459km border with Tunisia, she says.

However, Tunisia’s longest land border is with Algeria and militants have also reportedly been crossing there in recent years, our reporter says.

Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of collaborating with Rezgui, who was killed after his shooting spree, and the government says it has uncovered the network behind the Sousse attack.

In the coming weeks officials are expected to pass a counter-terrorism bill that has been in parliament since early 2014.

The Sousse attack represented the second blow in three months to Tunisia’s tourism industry, an important sector for the country.

In March, two gunmen killed 22 people at the renowned Bardo museum in Tunis.


a wall eh?

these are becoming very popular..i wonder if israelis will build it?

the exodus continues with thousands of english being evacuated..i would cross tunisia off my “need to go to” places in the world..


~ by seeker401 on July 10, 2015.

3 Responses to “Tunisia to build “anti-terror” wall on Libyan border”

  1. UK tourists advised to leave country


    All British nationals are being urged to leave Tunisia because “a further terrorist attack is highly likely”, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
    The Foreign Office estimates 2,500 to 3,000 UK tourists are in Tunisia and a few hundred British residents.
    There is no specific threat, but travel firms are seeking to fly Britons out over the next few days and some are repatriating their British staff.
    Thirty Britons were among 38 tourists killed in a gunman’s attack on 26 June.
    The Foreign Office has also advised against all non-essential travel to Tunisia.
    It said although Tunisian authorities had put in place more security measures since the June attack, these did not provide “adequate protection for British tourists”.

  2. Just a couple of weeks ago a country in the balkan wants to erect a ‘Texas style’ Wall.. i wonder if there’re big corps. behind all these wall buildings

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