Gadhafi Forces Cross Into Tunisia as Border Clashes Continue

Tunisia Summons Ambassador as Two Tunisian Civilians Wounded in Firing

The battle between Gadhafi forces and rebels over a Libyan border crossing with Tunisia moved into its second day, and once again the regime’s forces chased rebels across the border into neighboring Tunisia, sparking a tense standoff with Tunisian soldiers.

Reports say the clash ended with Tunisian soldiers detaining a number of fighters before returning them across the border. The Tunisian government also summoned the Libyan Ambassador to complain about the incursions.

Despite reports of clashes between the two nations’ soldiers, Tunisian military officials insisted that there is no actual state of hostility between the two countries. Reports say that two Tunisian civilians were wounded by fire from the Gadhafi soldiers.

The border crossing is seen as a key target for the regime, which has retaken most of the western half of the country. The rebels still retain Misrata, as well as most of the eastern half of the country.

Author: Jason Ditz

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