Libyan troops fire rockets into Tunisia

Tunisia has previously threatened to report Libya for "enemy actions"; Anti-Gaddafi rebels maintain control of mountainous border area.

June 14, 2011 12:18
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Libyan rebel with RPG

Libyan rebel with RPG 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Esam al-Fetori)

TUNIS - Libyan troops fired Grad rockets from positions controlled by Muammar Gaddafi over the border into Tunisia on Tuesday, witnesses said, in an assault likely to raise already high tensions between the two countries.

The explosions caused no damage or injuries.

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The last time Libyan forces fired rockets into Tunisia, on May 17, the Tunisian government threatened to report Libya to the UN Security Council for committing "enemy actions." "At least five rockets fell on Tunisian soil today in the Mrabeh. It was a heavy bombardment from Gaddafi's side of the mountains," said resident Mohammed Nagez, a local trader.

Anti-Gaddafi rebels control the border with Tunisia along Libya's Western Mountains region.

Another local trader, who could only be identified by his first name, Morad, said there had been a "heavy bombardment that started last night and still hasn't stopped."

A local police officer, who could not be named, said Tunisian security forces feared the rockets might hit the main border crossing at Wazen, where thousands of people are often gathered at any one time.

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