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Restricted Security Zones to be Created Along Libya, Algeria Borders

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.

Article by Nissaf Slama, tunisialive.

This article was originally published here.

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