Report: Libyan soldiers flee by boat to Tunisia

By REUTERS
June 16, 2011 13:57

 
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TUNIS - A boat has docked in a southern Tunisian port carrying 19 Libyan military servicemen, including officers, who fled the violence in their country, Tunisia's state news agency reported on Thursday.

The boat arrived on Wednesday at a port in the region of Ben Gardane, near the border between Libya and Tunisia, the TAP news agency said. It gave no further details.

Dozens of Libyan officials, including the foreign minister and the top energy official, have fled the country since February when a revolt began against the 41-year rule of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Western powers say the defections from his administration, coupled with NATO air strikes and attacks by rebel fighters, will help dislodge Gaddafi.

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