Demonstration at Avenue Bourguiba against return of terrorists

Some 800 Hundred gathered Sunday in Habib Bourguiba Avenue to protest against the return of terrorists from hotbeds of tension. The event is organised at the initiative of the “Collectif Citoyens Tunisiens”, in the presence of an important security deployment. The demonstrators deplored the statements they described as “serious” and “catastrophic” by many politicians about the return of Tunisians from Syria, Libya, Iraq and other areas of conflict fanned by the terrorist organisations Daech and Al Qaeda. As expected, only the national flag was hoisted in the absence of any…

Tunisia state employee held for security leaks – police

Tunisian authorities have arrested a state employee accused of passing information about security operations to extremist groups, a police spokesperson said on Friday. Since its 2011 uprising, Tunisia has faced repeated jihadist attacks that have killed more than 100 soldiers and policemen, as well dozens of civilians and foreign tourists, according to official figures. Khlifa Chibani, a spokesperson for the National Guard, told a news conference that 11 “terrorist cells” were broken up by security services last month alone and 62 suspects arrested. Among the suspects was “an employee of…

Committal order against nephew of Anis Amri

According to Business News, a committal order was issued against the nephew of Anis Amri, author of Christmas market attack in Berlin. A well informed source revealed on Saturday, January 7, to Business News, that Amri’s Nephew was interrogated to determine if  he was in contact with his uncle, it added. The nephew confessed that he was in contact with Anis Amri and he was even aware of his plan for the market attack in Berlin, underlined Business news. The European Authorities continue to investigate the path of moving Anis…

Tunisia ‘essential partner’, Italian Interior Minister says

Talks focus on fighting terrorism and illegal immigration The issue of security in the Mediterranean was at the centre of talks between Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti and his Tunisian counterpart Hedi Majdoub in Tunis on Tuesday. “Some of the questions concerning terrorism and illegal migration must be addressed outside our country and Tunisia is an essential partner in joint action against terrorism and human traffickers,” Minniti told Media. “Here I met with the interior minister and premier and our collaboration was extremely profitable: we examined existing cooperation agreements ……

North Walsham shooting victim returns to Tunisia to repay hospital which saved his life following beach massacre

A Norfolk couple shot in a terrorist massacre have given thousands of pounds worth of equipment to the Tunisian hospital which cared for them.  Tony Callaghan, 64, has just returned from Sousse, in Tunisia, where he saw the three hospital beds, medication trolleys and surgical equipment bought with the £9,000 he raised through a Crowdfunding appeal to mark the first anniversary of the June 26 2015 atrocity.Mr Callaghan, from North Walsham, was greeted as a VIP, with a reception committee which included Tunisia’s assistant minister for health, and he was…

Tunisian Prisons are Overpopulated, Justice Minister

Tunisian Justice Minister Monday sounded the alarm over the “catastrophic” conditions of inmates in the country’s prisons. “Detention centers in Tunisia are extremely overpopulated,” Ghazi Jeribi told a parliament committee. Over 20,000 people have been locked up in the country’s few prisons, exceeding the capacities of these centers. The overpopulation has been estimated at 217  of the centers’ capacity. The degradation of conditions has been traced back to 2011 revolution marked by acts of vandalism and arson attacks, Jeribi noted. Out of the over 20,000 inmates, 14,343 are first-time offenders…

Italian Interior Minister in Tunisia and Malta

Security and illegal immigration at centre of talks ANSAmed reported that Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti is to discuss security in the Mediterranean and relations with Europe particularly in regards to combating illegal immigration and terrorism and strengthening cooperation in police training during meetings with institutional representatives in Tunisia and Malta on Tuesday and Wednesday. In Tunisia Minniti is to meet with his counterpart Hèdi Majdoub, Premier Youssef Chahed and Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui. He is also expected to meet with President Beji Caid Essebsi at the presidential palace in…

Poverty rate in Tunisia down 5% in five years

Poverty rate in Tunisia was down from 20.5% to 15.2% in the period extending from 2010 to 2015,  a five-year survey on consumption was revealed by the National Statistics Institute (INS). “From 2010 to 2015, the poverty rate went from 42.3% to 30.8% in the Midwest and from 11.1% to 5.3% in the Greater Tunis,” said Hédi Saidi, General Director of INS. A regional breakdown of data shows that poverty is most widespread in the West and some provinces in the South, where the rate exceeds the national average, such as…

Italian Interior ministry orders clampdown on irregular migrants

According To ANSA.It, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti is to travel to Tunisia on Wednesday before transferring to Malta in order to obtain a rapid green light for repatriations all irregular migrants. There are also plans to alter the crime of illegal immigration in order to avoid suspects remaining in Italy until the end of legal proceedings against them, added ANSA. ANSA revealed that the new provisions come as the government considers establishing identification and expulsion centres (CIE) in every region. Italy currently has 10 CIEs, of which only four…

NOC: Western PFG supervises fuel smuggling operations from Libya

Western Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) is involved in fuel smuggling amid the current hardships in Libya, said the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah on Sunday. Sanallah added in a meeting at the NOC headquarters in Tripoli that he backs up the Anti-Smuggling Commission and all of the employees of Brega Gas and Oil Marketing Company against the security threats that they are facing by smuggling gangs. “The NOC told all of the local and overseas relevant authorities about the information it has gotten in this regard.”…