Algerian newspaper: Southern border with Libya to close

August 30, 2011 13:30

ALGIERS - Algeria plans to close the southern part of its border with Libya, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday, the day after Algeria angered Libya's new rulers by giving safe haven to members of Muammar Gaddafi's family.

Algeria announced on Monday that Gaddafi's wife, two of his sons and his daughter had crossed into its territory, prompting Libya's ruling interim council to demand that they be handed back to face trial.

Algeria's <i>El Watan</i> newspaper, quoting diplomatic sources, said an instruction had gone out to security services to close the southern part of the border with Libya, because of the "precarious situation" in Libya.

The Algerian government could not immediately be reached for comment. Algeria's border with Libya is hundreds of kilometers long and stretches through vast expanses of empty desert.

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