Tunisia warns Libya over shelling of border town

By REUTERS
May 7, 2011 20:38

 
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TUNIS - Tunisia warned Libya that it considered the shelling of a border town on Saturday "extremely dangerous" and said it would take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty.

Close to 100 shells or mortar rounds fell on or near the Tunisian border town of Dehiba on Saturday, causing no injuries but doing damage to one house, a Reuters witness said. The shelling sent residents scurrying for safety.

The town has been hit repeatedly by stray shells in recent weeks as forces loyal to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi battle rebels for control of the Dehiba-Wazzin border crossing.

The crossing gives the rebels, fighting to end Gaddafi's rule of more than four decades, a road from the outside world into strongholds in Libya's Western Mountains region.

"Tunisia will take all the necessary measures to ensure its national territorial sovereignty and the safety of its citizens and refugees within the frameworks provided by international law," said the foreign ministry statement carried by the official TAP news agency.

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