Tunisia closes borders with Libya

Ras Ajdir - Tunisia's state news agency says the country closed its main border crossing with Libya after hundreds of stranded Egyptians, fleeing violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage.

Security officials say the Egyptians, barred from entering Tunisia because they had no visa, held a protest, raised an Egyptian flag and broke through part of a fence at the Ras Ajdir crossing, prompting Tunisian police to fire tear gas and shoot in the air.

The TAP news agency said a Tunisian police officer was wounded by gunfire from the Libyan side of the border.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the press.

On Thursday, two Egyptians were killed at the crossing in unrest as more than 10 000 people crossed, mostly Libyans.