Chad announced Sunday the closure of its border with Libya, a month after the intrusion of a rebel column from southern Libya, according to the Minister of Security, Mahamat Abba Ali Salah.
“We have made the decision to close the border between Chad and Libya from this moment until further notice,” said the minister, according to the national television.
In early 2017, N’Djamena had already announced the total closure of its 1,400 km border with Libya, before reopening it partially a few months later.
Visiting Kouri Bougoudi, in northwestern Chad, the minister said Sunday that “this area has become a crossroads of all thugs, terrorists and rebels.”
Kouri Bougoudi is a vast gold site, located in a mountainous area on both sides of the Chad-Libya border, which attracts many Chadians and foreigners.
Northern Chad is closely linked to southern Libya, where most of the food supplies come from.
This region of the Sahel is desert and not very inhabited. Several Chadian rebel groups have established their base in southern Libya.