Turkish warships among NATO fleet at Tunisia port

A Turkish warship was among the NATO fleet, which also included warships from the UK and Germany.

Turkish warships among NATO fleet at Tunisia port

World Bulletin / News Desk

NATO warships, including a warship belonging to Turkey, have docked at Tunisia's Khalq-ul-Wadi port.

Speaking from the Tunisian capital, NATO's assistant navy command operations chief Arian Minderhoud said that the fleet of Turkish, British and German ships were there to ensue the peace and stability of the region.

North Africa, particularly Tunisia and Libya, has been gripped by violent clashes between rival rebel groups as governments struggle to maintain order following the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

Tunisian security forces have tightened up security along border with Libya, which has been ravaged by violence since the 2011 ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Fears of a possible Libyan civil war have mounted over the past two weeks, since renegade army general Khalifa Hafter declared war on armed militias – some of which have been absorbed into the army – in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The government in Tripoli, for its part, has described Haftar's campaign as an attempted coup.

Pointing out recent events in the country's south, Minderhoud added that the security in the region was of NATO's top concern, promising to work with the authorities in the fight against 'terrorism'.

Gunmen attack Tunisia checkpoint on Libya border

Unidentified gunmen attacked a security checkpoint early Friday in the south-eastern Tunisian city of Ben Gardane on border with Libya.

The gunmen riding a 4x4 vehicle opened fire on the checkpoint before fleeing into Libyan territories, eyewitnesses said.

No casualties were reported.

Tunisian security officials declined to comment on the attack.

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