Tunisia has intercepted five truckloads of fuel set to be smuggled into neighboring Libya, an official said on Wednesday, in a move to curb an illegal trade which is helping to keep Muammar Gaddafi in power.
International sanctions and the effects of Libya's civil war have disrupted normal supplies of motor fuel to parts of the country under Gaddafi's control, but huge volumes of gasoline are instead being smuggled across the Libyan-Tunisian border.
A spokesman for Tunisia's Interior Ministry said the trucks were seized at the weekend in the town of Msaken, in the Sousse region about 160 km (100 miles) south of the Tunisian capital.
"The police seized five trucks of gasoline (destined) for the pro-Gaddafi side," said the spokesman. "They were heading for Libya but the police stopped the trucks."