On the night of July 13 - 14 the French military outpost of Ain Zana, near the Algerian-Tunisian border, and six other frontier posts, were attacked by Algerian rebel groups.
On the night of July 13 - 14 the French military outpost of Ain Zana, near the Algerian-Tunisian border, and six other frontier posts, were attacked by Algerian rebel groups. According to rebel Government claims from Tunis, the Ain Zana post was occupied, destroyed and then abandoned by the rebels.
In dramatic contrast, this recent film shows the post almost undamaged, and according to an official French statement from Algiers (reported July 16) the rebel attack at Ain Zana had been vigorously repelled, with air support, and the attackers had fled in disorder towards Tunisia, suffering heavy losses.
The French Commandant of the post told French journalists that one French soldier was killed and four slightly wounded. (The Algiers statement said simply that French losses were two soldiers wounded).
Another rebel announcement reported from Tunis was equally at variance with the account given by the French Commandant of Ain Zana. But it included the news that the attack was the prelude to a new phase in the Algerian rebel "war of liberation".
During their visit to Ain Zana the journalists were shown a wide range of military equipment which had been collected the morning after the attack. The French soldiers were seen organising Sunday games for the Arab children living in Ain Zana.
President Bourgiba of Tunisia, July 20, ordered a state of emergency in the Algerian border region near Sakiet Sidi - Youssef after French troops were claimed to have chase Algerian insurgents across the border into Tunisia.