Tunisia calls up reserve troops

09:32, February 09, 2011      

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Tunisian Defense Ministry issued a communique on Monday calling up recently retired troops "to join the conscription," the official TAP press agency reported.

The ministry asked in the communique soldiers who retired in the past five years, and young people who carried through mandatory military service lately, to report for duty. Meanwhile, it warned defectors that they will be fired for not doing so.

The Interior Ministry also urged all security officers to report back for duty as of Monday.

The move comes in a bid to restore order and security in the North African nation, following weeks of unrest that was accompanied by violence and looting in many parts of the country.

So far the army have helped to restore order in the country, after thousands of police officers were reported absent in the early days of the turmoil that led to the fleeing of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and the collapse of his regime.

Source: Xinhua
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