Mortar shells hit Tunisia's border crossing as Libyan fight continues

09:50, May 18, 2011      

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Mortar shelling continued to fall into Tunisia Tuesday evening due to fight between Libyan government troops and insurgents, near the Wazen-Dhehiba crossing, the official press agency TAP reported on Tuesday.

"Road traffic in the area was suspended, but the border post on the Tunisian side remained open," TAP said, adding that a number of injured Libyans have been transferred by ambulances into Tunisia.

The Libyan government forces have been attempting to regain control of the border post which has been captured by Libyan rebels for weeks. According to TAP, pro-Gaddafi forces are getting closer to the Tunisian border.

Tunisian army planes flew over the border area to keep the fighting from moving closer to the Tunisian border. Meanwhile, Libya's Oil Minister Chokri Ghanem defected to Tunisia on Tuesday, TAP reported. Ghanem crossed the Ras El Jedir border point heading for Djerba.

Source: Xinhua
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