On Friday the Tunisian authorities were alerted of the disappearance of 33 residents of the same town, who had possibly gone to join Islamic State in Libya. The United Nations has stated that urgent action needs to be taken to stop the smuggling of Tunisian men, women and families to Libya, who go there in order to join the radical group Islamic State.
According to the UN working group on the use of mercenaries, many jihadists go to Libya in order to train, prior to going to Syria through Turkey to fight with the ISIS militants.
Most of the Tunisians that do go to Libya, tend to be men aged 18-35, the men come from many sections of society, from wealthy backgrounds, as well as men from poor socio-economic backgrounds. It is thought their motivations all differ, some may be purely religious, whereas some may be for financial gains.
It is estimated that thousands of Tunisians have travelled to Syria, Libya, Iraq, Mali and Yemen to join radical groups.
According to Bloomberg, a polish lawyer called Elzbieta Karska, who leads the group that will present a full report on this issue to the UN Human Rights Council next year. For the time being, the group has called upon the Tunisian government to address the causes and motives of the emigrants.
For a very long time, Tunisia has been known to be the main source of foreign recruits for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. However, the recent growth of Islamic State affiliates in Libya have made the process easier for Tunisian nationals to join Islamic State. The Tunisian authorities believe that many Tunisians have travelled to Libya to train in Islamic State bases, for example, Seifeddine Rezgui, the gunman who killed 38 tourists on a beach in Sousse, like him are the two men who assaulted the Bardo Museum in the capital city of Tunis in March.
Reuter’s states that, the interior ministry is investigating the disappearance of the 33 residents, who came from a small town called Ramada, the town is situated near to the border with Libya, and has population of 11,000 people.
The Tunisian authorities still claim to have taken severe measures to prevent anything like this happening again, by deploying more armed police around Tunisia, and they have also stated that the plans to construct an anti-terrorist wall across the border between Libya and Tunisia are underway.