World Bulletin/News Desk
Tunisia's government is investigating networks it believes are sending young people to fight in Syria, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.
According to local media, thousands of young Tunisians recruited by local and regional networks are fighting government forces in Syria.
President Moncef Marzouki said last week that fighters returning from Syria could threaten Tunisia's efforts to restore security.
The government hopes to hold elections by December to help to rescue a faltering democratic transition in the country that launched the Arab Spring.
The Tunisian ministry urged people with leads on who was recruiting people to fight in Syria to "get in touch with the competent authorities."
"The Court of First Instance in Tunis has opened an investigation about networks that help Tunisians to travel to Syria for the fight against the Syrian regime," the ministry said.
But Tunisia Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said last week that the authorities have no legal right to stop someone travelling to another country.
Some families have made public appeals for recruitment networks to be disbanded and for their children's return, saying they had not even known a would-be fighter had left the country until they got a phone call from Syria.
"No more than 100 Tunisians fight"
Meanwhile, President of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib, has said, "Tunisians who are fighting at the frontlines of Syria won't be more than one hundred."
President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki who is in Doha, capital of Qatar in the scope of the 24th Arab League Summit came together with Moaz al-Khatib.
Adnan Mansar, spokesman for the Tunisian Presidency, made a statement to the Tunisia's state-run news agency and said, "Al-Khatib told President Marzouki that the number of Tunisians who fight at the frontlines of Syria will not be more than one hundred and many of them were living in the country before the war anyways."
Marzouki and al-Khatib were quoted as saying in the meeting that they were supporting the Syrian revolution.
Last Mod: 27 Mart 2013, 13:06