Libyans Monday kept flocking to Tunisia before the night-time curfew went into effect. Over 2,000 people crossed the Ras Jedir border post over the last 24 hours, TAP correspondent said.
This is due to school holidays in Libya and the need to access healthcare in Tunisia, some border-crossers told TAP. Possible airstrikes against Daesh in Libya and the looming five-year anniversary of the Libyan revolution also explain the influx.
The border between Tunisia and Libya has been closed a few times in January over security concerns. The border was closed for two weeks following a suicide attack on a bus in Tunis in November. Smugglers clashed with Libyan security at the border last week.
Meanwhile, the number of Tunisians heading to Libya or Libyan nationals going back to their country fell; likewise, Tunisian merchants were not allowed to get supplies according to testimonies.
– Al Bawaba