World Bulletin/News Desk
The Tunisian government will work to secure the return of its citizens from neighboring Libya and impose tighter security on the border, the Tunisian cabinet said Sunday.
“Tunisian citizens will be given priority at the border with Libya,” the cabinet added in a statement amid increasing upheaval induced by deteriorating security conditions and growing violence in Libya.
The statement of the Tunisian cabinet follows a Crisis Committee meeting, headed by Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.
The committee was formed in the wake of a July 15 militant attack on two Tunisian army checkpoints in the western Chaambi Mountains near the border with Algeria. The attack left 15 Tunisian troops dead.
The Tunisian cabinet said the Crisis Committee would also work to ease the arrival of non-Tunisians to Tunisian airports from Libya.
The cabinet said it would seek curb a potential influx of Libyan refugees against the background of deteriorating security condition in the country.
The Libyan capital Tripoli has been the scene of fierce fights between armed militias controlling Tripoli International Airport and troops loyal to retired army general Khalifa Haftar for several days thus far.
The clashes are leaving a large number of people on both sides dead, but are also scaring foreign nationals out of the Libyan capital altogether.
On Saturday, the United States decided to suspend the work its embassy in Tripoli, which is located in close proximity to the airport, and also evacuated the embassy staff to neighboring Tunisia.
Other countries are advising their nationals to immediately leave Libya amid expectations that the tempo of violence would heighten in the next few days.
Libya has been on a high wave of turmoil since the downfall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2014, 23:08