Friday, February 12, 2016

Tunisia Prepares for Possible Strike in Libya

Tunisia said Friday that it was asking its regional authorities to work on a plan to cope with the fallout of a possible foreign military intervention in neighboring war-torn Libya. In 2011, hundreds of thousands of people fled from Libya to Tunisia to escape fighting that led to the imperialist-led overthrow of Pan-Africanist Moammar Gadhafi.

Tunisia shares a southeastern border with Libya, where Western powers are openly considering an intervention against Daesh (ISIS).

“In preparation for the situation developing and its consequences, Prime Minister Habib Essid has authorized governors in the southeast regions to form regional committees,” a government statement said. These will include “the different parties concerned in order to draw up a plan for each governorate to successfully face ... exceptional events that could occur.”

The Health Ministry said Thursday it had met to discuss “an emergency plan for the health sector ... in preparation for the influx on Tunisian soil of refugees and migrants fleeing military airstrikes that could occur in Libya.”

Last week, President Beji Caid Essebsi issued a warning to countries considering an intervention in Libya. “Before any such act, please consult us, because it could serve you, but adversely affect us.”

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