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Report: 74% of Tunisians refuse intervention in Libya

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Aya Khalil

A new report by Middle East Online website suggests that the Tunisian public opinion tends to rejecting military intervention in Libya, as fears looms of outbreak of unprecedented chaos that may affect Libya’s neighboring countries.

The report ( translated by LIBYAPROSPECT) says that Tunisians are puzzled since they found themselves in front of a difficult equation between the desire to eliminate the terrorist groups in Libya and in the same time the suspicions of other broad plans that probably are being planned for the region under the pretext of the war on terror.

A late poll conducted by Amrod Consulting Foundation, whose results were released on Monday, during the period between 16th and 19th of February say that 74% of Tunisians reject military intervention in Libya, as an act of aggression, violation of its sovereignty and as a threat to the entire region, the report states.

In contrast, 71% also considered that the terrorist threat coming from Tunisia to Libya.

The report also monitored fears of Tunisians that military intervention in Libya could have security and economic risks in light of Tunisian financial crisis, and the existence of thousands of Tunisians fighters in the lines of terrorist organizations, who are well trained and might infiltrate into Tunisian territory to escape the possible war.

Tunisians also doubt that the American raid on Sabratha city, in Libya, may be an introduction to a broader military intervention in a similar scenario to the intervention in Iraq.

The report said that the air raid sparked, which killed 40 people, most of them are Tunisian jihadists, including the wanted by Tunisian authorities Noureddine Chouchane. Media and civic circles in Tunis had a wide controversy based on refusing touching the unity and sovereignty of Libya, and on the other hand ending the terrorists, who exploited power vacuum in Libya.

While the coalition government has renewed Tunisia’s rejection of military intervention in Libya, Fawzi Abdul Rahman, the Secretary General of “Afaaq Tunis” Party, believed that the takeover of the jihadist organizations of Libya requires discussing with the Libyans the ways to eliminate it and move towards the adopting a policy to dry up resources.

The Popular Front, which is a coalition of leftist parties, believes that the elimination of jihadist groups can’t happen by the United States or other Western parties, who have made and funded these extremist groups, the report added.

The Popular Front, which is one of the strongest opponents of the groups of political Islam, supports the efforts to eliminate terrorism in the region to return, but refuses this reason to be an excuse for foreign military intervention in the region.

The Republican Party only through a statement by the official spokesman, Issam Chebbi, described the raid as “an international orgy that allows intervention in Libyan affairs”, saying that it is already a warning of a foreign intervention under the pretext of fighting terrorism without taking into account the interests of the peoples of the region.

He believed that the raid on Sabratha deepens security problems in the region, without displaying the party’s vision of the most effective ways to cut the road in front of the Tunisian jihadists and others in Libya.

The former director general of military security, Major General Mohammed Al-moaded, believes that it surgical military operations, against terrorist organizations in Libya, are imperative.

“How can the terrorism that ballooned in Libya five years ago without regulating precise bombing against training centers and the establishment of terrorists?”, He wondered in an interview with a local newspaper.

He added that the US raid on Sabratha, is useful for Tunisia, as it shrinks the risk of terrorists on Tunisia’s security, particularly as it targeted Tunisian jihadists, who posed threat to the security of the country.