Clashes between Chadian security forces and armed rebels broke out in the Tibesti region's Miski department on Saturday, November 10. According to a military spokesperson, a military vehicle hit a landmine, injuring three soldiers. Three militants were killed and five injured in the subsequent fighting.
Clashes between gold miners and members of the CCMSR rebel group (Conseil de Commandement Militaire pour le Salut de la République) also took place in the same area, resulting in the deaths of three CCMSR militants.
A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in Tibesti in the near-term. Further clashes are possible in the coming days.
In August the Chadian military deployed additional forces to the country's border with Libya to prevent incursions from rebel groups operating in Libya and opposed to Chadian President Idriss Déby. The military operations were also in response to a series of clashes that took place between illegal miners and security forces earlier in the month. The arrival of illegal miners in recent years has fomented unrest with locals.
Individuals in Tibesti are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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