Tunisian guards chase a group of Egyptians at the border crossing of Ras Jdir, southeast of Tunis, August 1, 2014.REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
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Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.It was the second eruption of unrest at the border in as many days, as thousands of Libyans stream into neighboring Tunisia, along with foreign nationals. Tunisia is the only escape route as fighting escalates in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where rival militias have been battling for weeks for control over the airport. Tunisian officials say thousands of Libyans have been crossing the border each day the past week.Along with the fighting in Tripoli, which the Health Ministry said has killed 214 people and wounding more than 980 others, Islamic militias the past week overran army bases in Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, and claimed control of the city.
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