Libya-Tunisia border remains closed

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The Libyan authorities closed the Ras Jedir border crossing to traffic, with the exception of ambulances and Libyans returning home.

The Libyan authorities closed the Ras Jedir border crossing to traffic, with the exception of ambulances and Libyans returning home.

JOHANNESBURG – Hundreds of Libyans attempting to leave the country remain stranded on the border between Libya and Tunisia as the border crossing remains closed for the third day in a row, the Libya Herald reported on Wednesday.

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The Libyan authorities closed the Ras Jedir border crossing to traffic, with the exception of ambulances and Libyans returning home, after protesters in the nearby Tunisian town of Ben Guerdane prevented Libyan registered vehicles moving in either direction as Libyan customs officials began clamping down on goods being smuggled into Tunisia.

Much of the economy of Ben Guerdane is dependent on the highly profitable smuggling business.