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Tuesday, August 16, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Tunisia moves to stop smuggling of diesel, gasoline to Libya

CAIRO — Tunisia has begun monitoring fuel stations along the border with neighboring Libya.


Officials said the Tunisian Army would bolster patrols along the border with Libya in an effort to halt fuel smuggling. They said authorities would also inspect fuel stations to check on supplies.

"The armed forces are now conducting checks at fuel stations in the south of Tunisia, such as Tataouine and Ben Gardane and Remada, so that neither Tunisians nor Libyans can fill up with large quantities," Tunisian Defense Ministry official Mokhtar Ben Nasr told a news conference on Aug. 11.

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"These checks are aimed at preventing the smuggling of diesel and gasoline to Libya."

On Aug. 10, the Tunisian police reported the seizure of five container tracks fuel of fuel destined for Libya. The regime of Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi was believed to have been purchasing large amounts of gasoline and other fuel from Tunisia.

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