Tunisia voices "annoyance" to Libya over border shelling incident

09:44, April 22, 2011      

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Tunisia voiced its "annoyance" after four Libyan mortar shells that landed near the Tunisian border post of Lamlas near Dhiba on Monday, reported the official press agency TAP Wednesday evening.

A communique from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs draws attention to the gravity of the incident which is likely to endanger the "security and integrity" of inhabitants and dwellings in a region which welcomes a large number of refugees from Libya, TAP said.

The communique said Libya has committed itself to preventing the repetition of such incidents. It also voiced its "deep regret" over the incident and promised to investigate it.

Four mortar shells fired from Libyan territory landed 500 meters into Tunisia on Monday, causing neither damage nor casualties, TAP reported.

Heavy fighting was reported in recent days in western Libya, along the mountain chain of Nafoussa, the city of Nalout and in the areas located in the vicinity of the Tunisian-Libyan border, causing thousands of Libyans to flee the area into Tunisia.

Source: Xinhua
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