Libyan rebels take control of post on Tunisia border

AFP , Thursday 21 Apr 2011

Revolutionaries appear to have taken control of the Libyan side of a border crossing with Tunisia

Libyan rebels took control of a post on the Tunisian border Thursday, sending about 100 soldiers for Muammer Gadaffi fleeing across the frontier for their safety, witnesses said.

Libyan rebels in a four-wheel-drive vehicle briefly followed the pro-Gadaffi soldiers into Tunisian territory before passing back into Libya, an AFP correspondent said.

Witnesses said injured troops were taken to a local hospital.

Rebels earlier took control of the Wazin border post after overrunning Gadaffi forces in brief clashes.

The Wazin post is on the road linking the Libyan district of Nalut to Dehiba, on the Tunisian side.

Witnesses said several hundred people cheered and flew the flag of the Libyan monarchy, now an emblem of the rebellion, as rebel fighters celebrated their strategic gain by firing into the air.

Some insurgents paraded in the bucket of a bulldozer and dozens of rebel vehicles were present at the border post, located about 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the main Tunisian-Libyan crossing at Ras Jdir.

Fighting has rocked western Libya for several days, with many people reported to have been killed in Nalut and Yefren in the Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi region.

The two towns southwest of Tripoli have been pounded by forces loyal to Gadaffi and local residents said some 10,000 Libyans from Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi have already fled to Tunisia, even though much of the area is controlled by the insurgency.

On Wednesday the Tunisian army deployed about 100 soldiers north of Dehiba to provide security in the area.

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