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Fresh clashes flare up on Libya-Tunisia border

Fresh clashes flare up on Libya-Tunisia border
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Fresh clashes have flared up on the Libyan-Tunisian border forcing guards to open fire.

The violence erupted after thousands of Egyptians stormed the border post at the Ras Jdir crossing, reportedly fed up with a long wait to get into Tunisia. It’s understood Libyans were also among those trying to cross the border.

Police used tear gas and shot into the air to calm the situation – the latest in several flare ups at the border where security had been boosted. To date there are no reports of any injuries

Friday’s clashes came after two Egyptians were killed on Thursday when Libyan guards had opened fire to disperse a crowd as they tried to leave.

Tunisian authorities have said many of the Egyptians do not have visas or the required documents.

The violence in the North African country has escalated to its worst level since long time leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured in killed in 2011.

Governments around the world including the UK, France, Germany and the US have been scrambling to get their citizens out of the country.

Many have been seeking help from nearby Greece and have left aboard ferries. Several have also evacuated their embassies.

A new government was elected last week and has already moved its first meeting from Benghazi to Tobruk because of the fighting. It had been due to meet next week but it was brought forward to the weekend.