mteyeb Mourad TEYEB

I am a Tunisian journalist and producer.

I have been working for the print, online and broadcast industry for more than 15 years now, and I have covered issues ranging from politics, transition and conflicts to business sports sport and arts, in English, French and Arabic.

I can also help arrange ISDN services from Tunis (live coverage on the ground, guests for live interviews...)

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Five Alleged ISIS Militants Killed in...
Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
02 Mar 2016

According to official sources in Tunisia's Defense Ministry, five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, arrived in the Tunisian coastal town of Ben Guerdane, near the Libyan border, in a 4x4. 

When Tunisian forces discovered them, they hid in a house inside the town. All five were killed in the raid that ensued, and one civilian was also shot while passing near the scene of the clashes between Tunisian forces and the militants. Two Tunisian army officers were slightly injured.

According to Tunisian officials, the militants were originally from Ben Guerdane.

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Sidi Thabet
By Mourad TEYEB
23 Oct 2016

Tunisia has a rich tradition of horse activities: breeding, improving, races etc. and is the homeland of the most beautiful Barb and Mogod horses.
The country has five public (state-owned) horse breeding and amelioration institutions, one national (Fondation Nationale d’Amélioration de la Race Chevaline – FNARC) in Sidi Thabet, north of Tunis, and 32 improvement centers in 16 Tunisian towns.
FNARC organizes and manages the sector nationwide and many private clubs and stables exist around the country.
Despite the shortage in financial and human resources, FNARC is doing efforts to develop and promote the country’s product.
FNARC owns 87 stallions, including 35 Barb and 55 Arab ones. They are distributed throughout the regional centers in the breeding and improvement process.
FNARC has performed about 3200 mating operations throughout the country during the 2016 improvement season, giving birth to a 1000 Arab and Barb ponies, including 100 pure Barb ponies and 300 pure Arab ones. 40 Mogod ponies have also been produced, 10 of which belonging to the public company FNARC.
About 40 Breton ponies have also been produced in 2016 in Tunisia thanks to FNARC’s breeding efforts.
The sector offers about 80.000 direct and indirect jobs throughout Tunisia and has potential for many more.
The national studs of Battan, 50 km west of Tunis, are the FNARC’s branch responsible for the country’s Barb and Mogod ponies business and administration.

Besides organizing popular national and international races, FNARC and private breeders and owners are now attempting to realize international performances: Tunisia won 1st trophy in Morocco Horse Show 2016 in El-Jadida, Morocco.

Besides the Arab and barb horses, Tunisia is the country of the Mogod ponies.
Also called the Tunisia, the Mogod Pony comes from the northernmost mountainous area of Tunisia and is thought to be a strain of the mighty Barb horse, refined and bred to suit the area over centuries. As machines began to replace animals in the 20th century, their numbers began to dwindle.
FNARC and private breeders are attempting to preserve this species through breeding and international appearances.

The Mogod has particular features and physique: its average height is 12.2 to 14.2, the head is heavy but well set, the eyes are expressive and alert, the neck is short but graceful, the chest is broad and deep, the back is short and the legs are strong and well.
Traditionally, its colors are chestnut, grey and bay.
The Mogod is an intelligent pony, and quick to lean. It is used as a riding horse, harness and polo horse.

Besides racing and breeding, Tunisia has a potential for equestrian tourism. Away from the traditional beach horse rides for tourists, many private clubs and fans of this activity have launched their own equestrian tourism projects in the countryside and in mountainous towns around Tunisia.

According to experts, Tunisia’s Barb and Mogod ponies are also good in endurance races and rides.

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Djerba
By Mourad TEYEB
31 Aug 2016

The Tunisian island of Djerba, famous to international tourists for its sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes and religious diversity, is today suffering from a serious environmental problem.

The environmental concerns on Djerba have been an ongoing issue since residents had forced the closure of the landfill site at Gallala in 2012. Currently, the Ministry of the Environment is using ‘bailing’ instead of land-filling, which means putting garbage in plastic cubes above the ground instead of underground. While bailing partly relieved the environmental pressures on the island, recycling and the correct separation of waste remained a concern, with poor waste management exposing people to the risk of skin disease and respiratory problems, as well as encouraging the spread of rats and mosquitoes.

In 2014, many hotel owners and managers in Djerba refused to pay their taxes because they thought the authorities were not doing enough to keep the island clean.

The inhabitants of the island, as well as foreign investors and tourism professionals, have been multiplying their protests against what they consider to be the Tunisian government’s nonchalance towards the problem of garbage disposal in the island. On 11 July 2014, locals clashed with the police when some individuals tried to block trucks carrying large amounts of trash from entering the Gallala landfill. The landfill is believed to be extremely underequipped and very dangerous for the environment.

Many tourists have also published comments and photos urging “Tunisians” to do something about it. In September 2014, a French lady has sent a letter to Tunisia’s PM. (http://www.gnet.tn/sur-le-vif/pollution-a-djerba-lettre-ouverte-au-president-et-aux-ministres-de-tunisie/id-menu-1006.html).

On 30 July 2014, an Italian restaurant-owner chained herself to a traffic sign to protest the burning of trash in front of her property in Djerba. Pictures of locals surrounding her went viral on several social media outlets. The Italian lady’s act of indignation was her way of publicly shaming the Tunisian administration and exposing its failure to keep Djerba clean.

Last August, Andreas Reinicke the German Ambassador to Tunisia told a radio station how German tourists were put off visiting the country by poor levels of service and a perceived lack of cleanliness. Reinicke slammed “the lack of public bins throughout the island and the large amounts of refuse that collected upon the streets as a result…People want to have good services”. He warned: “German tourists have said that if the garbage is still piled up in Djerba, they will not return.”

This environmental crisis is to be added to 2 catastrophic years in Djerba’s tourism. Like most of the tourist resorts in Tunisia, the industry was hit by terrorist attacks and the ongoing tension in neighboring Libya. Last summer’s season was simply disastrous in Djerba.

Djerba is the largest island of North Africa, located in the Gulf of Gabes, off the south-eastern coast of Tunisia. It is known for Mediterranean beaches and whitewashed desert towns influenced by Berber, Arab, Jewish and African cultures. Houmt Souk is the main city, known for its handicraft markets, fishing port and 16th-century fortress, Borj el Kebir. To the south is El Ghriba synagogue, a pilgrimage site for North African Jews. It has about 120 hotels and hosts Tunisia’s second biggest airport.

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Clashes between terrorists and Tunisi...
Kasserine
By Mourad TEYEB
30 Aug 2016

Shootings between jihadists and military soldiers, backed by counter-terrorism police forces, in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday ended with two jihadists and a 16-year-old civilian killed, according to the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior.

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Tozeur
By Mourad TEYEB
17 Feb 2016

Tozeur is a large oasis and a city in south west Tunisia, with hundreds of thousands of palm trees. It’s a travel destination and date production pole.

The dates exported from Tozeur are known worldwide. In ancient times, before the advent of motorized vehicles, the oasis was important for the transportation through the Sahara, which took place in caravans. The name of the city in antiquity was Tusuros, it was an important Roman outpost.

The city’s medina (old city) hosts sites famous for their traditional architecture, fashion and workmanship.

Visitors can make camel trips, explore the Sahara Desert and get to know the Chott el-Djerid, where one can see Fata Morgana mirages.

Tozeur is noted for its yellow / brownish brickwork as well as its fascinating patterns in simple and rich geometric designs form the façades of most buildings in the old city and the new tourist zone.

The old town is an exquisite example of the local brickwork. The narrow streets, walls and façades are decorated with bricks, resulting in one of the most distinct and beautiful architectural styles of Tunisia.

Tozeur has a hot desert climate. The weather is usually good, settled and sunny throughout the course of the year. Summers are extremely hot with daily highs often exceeding 45 °C in the shade, and the sirocco is known to often make the thermometer rise above 50 °C still in the shade. During winters, it can sometimes freeze at night and just before the sunrise, as the temperature may drop below 0 °C.

During the Vandal era, Byzantine and Roman empires, Tozeur was known as Tusuros, and was a metropolis in the province of Byzacena. At this time it was the capital of abishopric, called Tusuros.
The Bishopric ceased to function following the arrival of Islam but remains today a witness of the Roman Catholic Church.
Tozeur’s most known Bishops are Asellicus, known for his letters to Augustine,
Joseph Leo Cardijn, founder of the international Young Christian Workers (CAJ), Giovanni Benelli , Thomas Cajetan Kelly, and Paul Lanneau, Auxiliary Bishop of Mechelen-Brussels.

Tozeur was used as a filming location for the Star Wars saga and Raiders of The Lost Ark. Lucasfilm also built an entire set a few kilometers North-West of Tozeur in the middle of the desert. This set acted as Mos Espa in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The buildings are still there and can be visited. The English Patient (9 Oscars) with Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas was partially filmed outside Tozeur.
In May 1984 the Italian singers Alice and Franco Battiato represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I treni di Tozeur" ("The Trains of Tozeur"), whose lyrics contain several references to Tozeur, the historic train “Le Lézard Rouge” and Tunisian history in general. This song became a chart hit throughout Continental Europe and Scandinavia and made the name of this town more famous in Europe.

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Clashes in Tunisia over Petrofac Jobs
Kerkennah
By Mourad TEYEB
14 Apr 2016

Clashes erupted on Thursday and Friday evenings in Kerkennah, an island off the east coast of Tunisia, between police and demonstrators.
Police used tear gas and water jets to disperse protesters who threw stones at law enforcement officers.
Residents of the island have been carrying out protests against the British oil company Petrofac, which they accuse of denying jobs to unemployed youth on the island.

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Ben Guerdane
By Mourad TEYEB
08 Mar 2016

Tunisian police and military forces patrol the border town of Ben Guerdane on March 8, 2016, one day after ISIS militants launched an attack on military barracks in the town. 28 militants were killed in the clashes that also left ten members of Tunisian security forces and seven civilians dead.

Tunisian security forces arrested 17 militants, reportedly connected to ISIS.

Later on Tuesday March 8th, the Tunisian Prime Minister said that the death toll had risen to 55, as security forces once again clashed with militants, killing six.

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Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
01 Mar 2016

Tunisian military and police forces clashed with five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, in Ben Guerdane, near Libya, killing all five.

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Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
01 Mar 2016

Tunisian military and police forces clashed with five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, in Ben Guerdane, near Libya, killing all five.

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Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
01 Mar 2016

Tunisian military and police forces clashed with five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, in Ben Guerdane, near Libya, killing all five.

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Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
01 Mar 2016

Tunisian military and police forces clashed with five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, in Ben Guerdane, near Libya, killing all five.

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Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
01 Mar 2016

Tunisian military and police forces clashed with five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, in Ben Guerdane, near Libya, killing all five.

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Ben Guerdane, Tunisia
By Mourad TEYEB
01 Mar 2016

Tunisian military and police forces clashed with five gunmen, reportedly ISIS militants, in Ben Guerdane, near Libya, killing all five.

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Aftermath of US Airstrikes Against IS...
Sabratha, Libya
By Mourad TEYEB
18 Feb 2016

Video shows the debris of the house bombarded by American airstrikes in Sabratha, Libya. The house was said to host a group of terrorists, mostly Tunisians. The video also shows bags containing bodies of those killed in the strike. The bags carry the words "unkown 25...unknwon 26..."

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Libyan Army Patrols al-Watiya Air Base
al-Watiya
By Mourad TEYEB
02 Nov 2014

Footage from December 2014 shows the Libyan Army patrols protecting Al-Watiya air base, west of Tripoli, from invading militias; and a take-off and landing of a Libyan warplane.

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Libyans Celebrate Feb 17 Revolution
Zuwara
By Mourad TEYEB
31 Oct 2014

Libyans celebrate the 5th anniversary of the February 17 Revolution in Zuwara, Libya.

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Zuwara
By Mourad TEYEB
16 Feb 2016

Libyans celebrate the 5th anniversary of the February 17 Revolution in Zuwara, Libya.

See the full video, available for sale here: https://www.transterramedia.com/media/66708

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Kikla
By Mourad TEYEB
14 Feb 2016

Our reporters were embedded with the Libyan Army during a battle against Libya Dawn (Fajr Libya) guerrillas in Kikla (South-west of Tripoli).