In Libya fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi has provoked an angry response from Tunisia.
The storming of the Dehiba-Wazin crossing by government troops saw artillery shells land on the Tunisian side of the border.
Tunis strongly condemned the incursions demanding an immediate halt. Nevertheless, the offensive appeared to be a wider move by Gaddafi’s men to weed out opposition in the west of the country.
Though the rebels rapidly countered, one anti-Gaddafi fighter desperately demanded international help.
“Where is NATO? Where are they? Where is the media? Half an hour ago he (Gaddafi) was hitting us with rockets from all sides,” he said.
After weeks of advancing and retreating by both sides, the fighting in Libya appears to have settled into a pattern of clashes and skirmishes in several hotspots, notably Misrata and the western mountains.