Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding escalation on the Tunisia-Libya border
Tensions on the Tunisia-Libya border have escalated recently. An attack on the Tunisian border town of Ben Gardane by a group of ISIS terrorists who infiltrated from Libyan territory on March 7 was the largest provocation. An army barracks, a hospital and police and national guard checkpoints came under attack, leaving 18 people dead, including seven civilians. Tunisian security forces killed 36 terrorists and seized large amounts of weapons.
Moscow strongly condemns the terrorist attack, which is aimed at destabilising the situation in the friendly Tunisian Republic and disrupting its ongoing political and economic reforms. We reaffirm our solidarity with the Tunisian authorities and people in their uncompromising fight against terrorism as a global evil. We express our deepest condolences to the families and loved-ones of the Tunisians killed.
The tragic events in Ben Gardane highlight the need to build up collective efforts to meet the global terrorist threat and establish effective interaction within the international community to neutralise the terrorist underground that has dug in in the Middle East and North Africa, above all ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, as well as the extremist groups affiliated with them.
In light of the situation prevailing now, we advise Russian citizens who are now in Tunisia to exercise vigilance and refrain from visiting high-risk areas, including those where the Tunisian authorities are conducting counterterrorist operations.
March 10, 2016