Tunisia completes barrier with conflict-hit Libya

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RAS JEDIR, Tunisia: Tunisia on Saturday completed the construction of a barrier along its border with Libya, months after attacks on its national museum and a beach resort that killed dozens of tourists. Two attacks claimed by the Islamic State group last year killed 59 foreign tourists, with Tunisian officials saying the assailants had trained in conflict-ridden Libya where ISIS is active. “Tunisia is capable of fighting against terrorism in an active and efficient way,” Defense Minister Farhat Horchani said during a tour of the barrier. It stretches some 200 kilometers from Ras Jedir on the Mediterranean coast to Dhiba further southwest, across about half the length of the frontier between the two neighbors. Horchani said a second phase of the project would include installing electronic equipment with the help of Germany and the United States.

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