By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 22 November 2013:
The first batch of some 500 trainee border guards from the Jebel Nafusa took part in . . .[restrict]a military passing-out parade in Jadu on Thursday.
The guards had been through a four-month training course in which they received practical as well as theory lessons in the laws and regulations related to customs and border protection work.
The ceremony was attended by a number of officials from Jadu, including deputy council leader Salem Badrani, and from several neighbouring towns as well as by parents and friends of the new guards. In addition to the parade, they were treated to a display of martial arts learned by the men during their training.
Professional border guards are needed to replace the militias that have been tasked with border protection since the revolution. This week, it was announced that, as part of the general demobilisation, militias from Zintan would stop manning the border at Ghadames. [/restrict]