Algeria says borders with Tunisia, Libya fully secured

13:32, June 16, 2011      

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Algeria director of border police at the Directorate General for National Security (DGSN) Khelifa Ounissi said on Wednesday that borders with Tunisia and Libya are secured and completely under control thanks to the efficient coordination between Algeria security services.

Ounissi told a press conference at the headquarters of DGSN in Algiers the capital that "the security plan along the borders exists for twenty years, and security services have raised the alert level in the last few months, following the deteriorating security situation in Libya and Tunisia."

The security official further specified that the passage to and from Tunisia is fully secured on the level of the permanent crossing. He specified that more than 16,000 Algerian nationals crossed to Tunisia between June 2 and 8, and the same number of Tunisian nationals crossed to Algeria in the same period.

Ounissi said the movement of individuals to and from Tunisia in summer season has been increasing in the last three years, reaching 809,711 travelers in 2010, comparing to 769,085 in 2009 and 669,679 in 2008.

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