14 January 2013

Tunisian Citizen From Ben Guerdane Shot Dead By Libyan Armed Group

Ben Guerdane — A Tunisian citizen from Ben Guerdane, Mohamed Ben Amor Mansouri, was shot dead, on Monday morning on the Tunisian-Libyan borders, by a Libyan armed group.

In a statement to TAP news agency, Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem, who was on a visit to the Medenine governorate on the celebration of the second anniversary of the January 14 Revolution, specified that the victim had been on his way to the border locality of El Faouar to get food supplies for his camel herd when three Libyan cars opened fire on his car.

He added that "the event is painful and unacceptable and jeopardises the Tunisian territory's security," voicing wish that this "will not harm Tunisian-Libyan relations."

Besides, the Foreign Minister explained that all data will be checked and contacts will be established with the Libyan authorities to demand intervention, security coordination and the opening of an investigation.

Earlier, Governor of Medenine Hamadi Mayara had explained that the victim had been accompanied by another person, Mohamed Ben Khechira Mansouri, who had been shot in the legs and transported to the Zarzis clinic.

In another connection, he specified that the Libyan authorities had not yet granted authorisation to the Tunisian tradesmen to bring goods from Libya, in view of a disagreement on instituting a customs tax on the Tunisian tradesmen. This problem has not yet been settled and has impeded, according to the governor, the free trade agreement binding Tunisia and Libya.

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