Tunisians preach tolerance as Muslims, Jews join Christian celebration

Manifesting a rare exhibition of religious solidarity, dozens of Muslims and Jews gathered in a port area at the Tunisian capital to witness the revival of “The Madonna of Trapani”, a Catholic tradition introduced to Tunis a century ago. The statue of “the Madonna of Trapani” was presented to Tunisians of all religions in celebration of the mid-August feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, on Wednesday. As scores of Muslim residents and Jews of French origin who were born in Tunisia gathered outside the church at La Goulette, prayers…

Pak Navy ship Aslat visits Tunisia

Pakistan Navy Ship Aslat has visited Tunis, Tunisia as part of ongoing Overseas Deployment to Mediterranean and European Countries. The port call was aimed at enhancing brotherly ties between the two countries. PN ship’s visit to Tunisic after a gap of 13 years would certainly serve a great deal in paving the way forward to reinvigorate the relations between Pakistan Navy and Tunisian Navy, a press release issued here by Director General Public Relations (Navy) Tuesday said. Upon arrival at Port, PNS ASLAT was warmly welcomed and received by Manager…

Tunisia, Canada conduct joint maritime military exercise in northern Tunisian coast

A joint Tunisian-Canadian maritime military exercise was conducted in northern Tunisian coast, the Ministry of National Defence said in a statement Tuesday. These exercises, which took place Monday, were carried out by an elite unit of the Navy aboard a missile boat and Canadian frigate “Ville de Québec”, said the ministry. They aim to train national naval personnel from both countries to better coordinate in the fight against illicit activities and in sea surveillance. The Navy had already participated in the first edition of this military exercise in 2017. The…

8 bodies found after Tunisia police, migrants clash on boat

Eight bodies have been recovered off Tunisia since security forces clashed with a group of migrants on a boat crossing illegally to Italy, a security official said Sunday. National Guard spokesman Colonel Houssemeddine Jebabli told AFP that eight bodies had been found since Friday’s incident but their nationalities had not yet been determined and a search would continue. The police had intervened to stop the boat that had been launched off the central city of Sfax. People on the vessel had thrown Molotov cocktails at security forces before setting fire…

IOM team visits Ras Ajdir border with Tunisia

A team of experts from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) visited Ras Ajdir border last Friday to determine the efficacy of the technical equipment of the crossing border, and to assess the capacity of workers. The Ministry of Interior explained through its Facebook page that the visit comes within the framework of cooperation between the National Border Security and Management Team and the IOM and start launching the project “enhancing the basics of border management in the humanitarian field with neighbouring countries” , which aims to increase the capacity…

Tunisia Bridges Forum: further contribution of Tunisian expatriates to local development

Tunisia Bridges Forum which was held Thursday in Gammarth focused on the ongoing increasing contribution of Tunisian expatriates to local development. The gathering was initiated by a partnership between the Observatory of Tunisian Expatriates (French: OTA) and the Maghreb-German Institution for Media and Culture. It provided the opportunity for expatriates to meet with government representatives and presidents of 30 municipalities. There is a new approach to Tunisian expatriates’ contribution to regional development, said OTA expert Houcine Baccouche. Health Minister Imed Hammami said the meeting materialises the kenness of Tunisian expatriates…

Illegal migrant boat factory discovered in Tunisia

Tunisian authorities said they have arrested the owner of a boat factory that was making boats used for illegal migrant journeys in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, various people have been blocked in recent days in their attempts to reach Europe by sea from Tunisia. Tunisian law enforcement authorities said they have arrested Bhar Lazrag in La Marsa. Lazrag is the owner of a shipbuilding factory where boats were being built for illegal migrant journeys. The news was reported by the Tunisian Interior Ministry, which said the operation was conducted by the…

Libya and Tunisia reach agreement to reopen Ras Ajdir border next Sunday

Security sources confirmed an agreement to reopen Ras Ajdir crossing border between Libya and Tunisia next Sunday. The sources clarified that a meeting will be held in the city of Zuwara on Sunday, with the participation of the Minister of Local Government Baddad Gansu, and a formal Tunisian delegation to officially announce the reopening of the border and the agreement between the parties. The agreement comes after the closure of the border for more than a month because of the continuing protests of some people from the Tunisian border town…

Algerian army launches massive military operation on border with Tunisia

There were significant military movements and reinforcements following suspicions of the infiltration of a terrorist group into the Algerian territory today. Activity focused on The border between Tunisia and Algeria, and in particular the governorates of El-Tarf, Souk Ahras, Tébessa and the El-Oued. According to the Algerian news website, El-Bilad, some members of the Algerian army are currently hunting down elements, whom they believe to have infiltrated from Kef Governorate after the air force has detected suspicious movements. The military units also reinforced their presence in the area in search of…

Migration to Europe from Tunisia climbs

After years of relatively steady or declining numbers of migrants leaving, in the past year, there’s been a five-fold increase in the number of people trying to get to Italy. And thousands more are queuing up to make the journey. The sea has always been kind to the people of Kerkennah Island. For generations, Tunisian fishermen have made a good living on Kerkennah island. However now‚  they’re seeing boats carrying a very different type of cargo. Rising unemployment and record low wages are creating a sense of hopelessness in Tunisia.…