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Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence


By BENJAMIN WIACEK

RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisia's state news agency says the country closed its main border crossing with Libya after hundreds of stranded Egyptians, fleeing violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage.

Security officials say the Egyptians, barred from entering Tunisia because they had no visa, held a protest, raised an Egyptian flag and broke through part of a fence at the Ras Ajdir crossing, prompting Tunisian police to fire tear gas and shoot in the air. The TAP news agency said a Tunisian police officer was wounded by gunfire from the Libyan side of the border.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

On Thursday, two Egyptians were killed at the crossing in unrest as more than 10,000 people crossed, mostly Libyans.

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jacks_sam August 01 2014 at 3:31 PM

We should hire Tunisians to close our border. They seem to know how it's done.

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buddwhyzr August 01 2014 at 3:46 PM

Anybody else seeing a growing pattern of that entire region of the globe just flat out HATES everyone?

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Viper1ex19 August 01 2014 at 4:51 PM

It says a lot when a third world country has more common sense than a world super power nation.

Common sense isn't very common now days.

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coopdabomb August 01 2014 at 4:31 PM

Hey osama obama why don't you READ about this and take the hint.

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ram4131 August 01 2014 at 3:50 PM

I'll bet Tunisian border guards wouldn't mind a deployment or 2 over here.

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lightyrs1 August 01 2014 at 3:54 PM

What? Countries are supposed to protect their borders??

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plainbrian August 01 2014 at 4:07 PM

I wish America had the BALLS to stand up and deny entrance across our borders from all the illegal alien diseased Mexican children prancing over here to live freely off American paid taxes. Good job Tunisia!!! I support you 100%. Get your guns out and shoot all those trying to invade your borders.

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Dennis August 01 2014 at 5:05 PM

Wow, Tunisia, a third world country, can close their borders but the U.S., the richest most powerful country in the world can NOT control it's borders...

DISGUSTING!!!

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dbear4u2 August 01 2014 at 3:41 PM

Barry, pay attention, this is how it is done.

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summerctz August 01 2014 at 3:42 PM

Now, those are REAL refugees and yet a tiny azz country like that can close their border.

BO, take notes....

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