CAIRO: The Tunisian News Agency (TAP) has reported that Libyan security forces opened fire on an Egyptian crowd fleeing to the Ras Jadeer border crossing between Libya and Tunisia Thursday.
This comes after Sky News Arabia reported that six Egyptians were killed and others injured while trying to enter Tunisia to return to Egypt after fleeing escalating fighting between rival Libyan militias.
Twenty-three Egyptian workers were killed last week after a grad rocket struck their house in Tripoli.
Libya is experiencing fierce battles between rival militias, namely between troops affiliated with the government and insurgent militias describing themselves as revolutionaries.
TAP added that the crossing witnessed a state of chaos and congestion and at least 15 Egyptians were stranded Wednesday evening. They were trying to forcibly enter the crossing and security forces shot them causing the death of some Egyptian citizens, it added.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has called on Egyptians residing in Libya to head to the Libyan-Tunisian border, as Tunisian authorities have agreed to accept stranded Egyptians.
Three-hundred and nineteen Egyptian workers arrived in Egypt Thursday from Tunisia after fleeing there.
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab conducted a phone call with his Tunisian counterpart Mehdi Jomaa thanking him for Tunisia’s assistance, Youm7 reported.
Jomaa said his country would open its borders with Libya to accept more Egyptians, and pledged to exempt them from visa fees to enter Tunisia.