Algeria said readying for refugees, rejects Western intervention in Libya; weapons stores found near border with Tunisia
Partial translation from our Mideastwire.com briefing tonight:
“..[The meeting also included] Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh, Deputy Minister of National Defense General Ahmed Gaid Salah, Minister of Industry and Mining Abdessalem Bouchouareb, and Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel. A governmental source mentioned to Al-Hayat that “Bouteflika asked Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra to intensify the international consultations regarding the situation in Libya, and seek the support of Algeria’s allies to prevent any new setback in it,” in reference to the rejection of a military intervention or the implication of the Algerian army in operations outside the border. On the humanitarian level, the same source said that the new instructions were related to the file of the “refugees,” whose arrival Algeria is expecting, though this does not clarify whether or not it is anticipating the staging of military operations in Libya.
“But it is said in the meantime that the government has already started building shelters for possible escapees from the neighboring countries… Bouteflika’s steps took an “urgent” character following the attempt to target a gas facility deep within the Algerian desert, and the seizing of an arsenal of weapons in the Guemar area of El-Oued, 100 kilometers away from the Tunisian border…”