Tunisia to send aircraft to support Minusma


Tunisia will send a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft and 75 personnel to support the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali.

National Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi said on 21 January that the Tunisian mission will fly to Bamako, Mali, on 1 February. It will be the first time Tunisian Air Force participates in a UN mission.

The Tunisian contingent will be deployed for a year, but this can be extended. Their mission will be to provide logistical support to UN forces. This includes the transport of people and equipment and medical evacuation.

A quick reaction force comprising 750 Tunisian special forces will be deployed to Mali next year, where they will join the Minusma mission there. Some 120 military police will also be deployed.