29 November 2013

Tunisia: Defence Ministry Strongly Condemns Aggression Against Soldiers in Gafsa and Announces Investigation

Tunis — The National Defence Ministry "strongly" condemned the aggression which targeted a military detachment, on November 27, 2013 in front of the Gafsa governorate premises.

"The concerned military unit was tasked with protecting the premises of the governorate as a property of the national community," the Ministry's spokesman Colonel-Major Taoufik Rahmouni said to TAP news agency.

Besides, the spokesman reasserted the commitment of "all the members of the armed forces to respect the oath made to the people to protect the country and the population in any circumstances, with honour, loyalty, constant respect of the state's laws and the regulations of the national army".

"The military prosecution is to conduct a criminal investigation to shed light on the alleged facts and determine the criminal liabilities of the parties involved and their potential sponsors," he added.

The governorate of Gafsa had experienced, last Wednesday, a regional general strike to claim " the legitimate rights to fair development and decent life" and denounce the persistence of the policy of marginalisation and exclusion.

This movement is accompanied by demonstrations during which a group of protesters stormed the premises of the governorate.

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