Tunisia reveal the reasons for the declaration of the insulating zone border with Libya and Algeria to confront terrorism
the Tunisian Ministry of Defense said the reasons of the establishment of an insulating zone in the desert on the Tunisian border with Libya and Algeria, is growing of security threats and doubled the threat of the terrorism organizations," as also revealed the geographical area of the region, which covers the three spaces of the desert region.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, General Tawfiq Rahmouni, during a press conference at thePalace of the government in Kasbah: "The adoption of the resolution of the creation of a insulating border area at the Tunisian desert been following the growth of security threats and doubled threat of the terrorism organizations and increasing activity of organized crime networks in the trade of weapons and ammunition, drugs and smuggling subsidized materials, along with the use of weapons against security agents charged with monitoring the border to escape prosecution. "
And the geographic scope of the insulating border area, General Rahmouni: "The insulating zone extends three spaces of the desert, the first space is in the southern sector of the area of desert extending south of the line links between the areas of El-Rezt and Borma and the Tunisian-Libyan border and the Tunisian-Algerian to the borders of Tower Green,while extends the second space of the border area on the western southern sector of the space northern region of desert and covering the tape, which borders Algeria in depth of 30 km from the areas proposed to Borma. the third and final space in the eastern southern sector of the country, bordering Libya between the tape border and the course semi-parallel to it between crossings Ras Jedir and Alzahabeia. "
Commenting on the subject, the journalist Follow for security affairs, Wael Bouziane, in an interview with "Arab. Net" said: "The establishment of the insulating border area will help significantly the security forces and Tunisian military to control border region, particularly on the eastern border with Libya, which formed a source of arms and ammunition, which shows through the recent security investigations as a major cause of the terrorist operations that occurred in the country during the previous period. "
Bouziane added: "According to many of the regional and international security agencies, the Tunisian south witnessed convoys greater than arms dealers, including those organized by groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which is trying to cross into Algeria and then maybe to Mali, Since 2011 the Tunisian army intercepted and destroyed several convoys of weapons, including a convoy was intercepted in June 2012, near the Green Tower south of Tunisia, while transferring materiel, including portable air defense systems, "SA-7b.
As journalist Bouziane see that "to establish an insulating zone ,has economic benefits to resist the phenomenon of smuggling and trade of prohibited material and drugs, which formed a severe bleeding to the national economy during the period after the revolution, since this region will remain irrelevant as no coordination with Libya and Algeria in the process of control the northern border, especially with Algeria, as the region and through what the Ministry of Defence revealed covers only the southern regions.
And Tunisia announced, last week, its borders with Algeria and Libya military insulating zone, for a full year and may be extended depending on the circumstances, the President Marzouki took the decision "to avoid threatening the security of the country and to resist smuggling operations of arms", especially in the mountains of Alshaanbe at state of Kasserine on the border with Algeria, where army continues military operation to eliminate the militants associated with to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.