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Tunisia: Libya closes borders with Tunisia and Egypt

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan said Monday evening that his government had decided to close the borders with Egypt and Tunisia.

Borders will be closed temporarily from February 14 to 18, Mr. Zaidan said, adding that the entry of travelers through the airports of Tripoli and Benghazi would also be restricted.

He said that these decisions were preventive measures to avoid a possible sabotage which could be carried out by agents of the old regime or some people who do not want a stable country where security prevails.

Libyans are celebrating 17 February the second anniversary of the start of the uprising that ended the reign of Gaddafi. Festivities will begin on February 15.

Many Libyans, particularly in the East have called for demonstrations in protest against the government’s inability to provide security, disarm militias and move forward in drafting the constitution.


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