Libya to shut Egypt, Tunis borders for 5 days

On February 17, Libyans will mark two years since an armed revolt ended Gaddafi's rule and celebrations are planned to begin on February 15.

Libya to shut Egypt, Tunis borders for 5 days

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya will shut its borders with Tunis and Egypt for five days as a security measure ahead of the country's two-year anniversary marking the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi, the prime minister said on Monday.

Ali Zeidan announced the closure during a news conference as part of list of security measures following concerns about potential militia violence surrounding the celebrations.

"As of midnight on February 14th until the 18th, no one will be allowed to cross the Libyan borders between Egypt or Tunis as a security precaution," he told reporters on Monday.

On February 17, Libyans will mark two years since an armed revolt ended Gaddafi's rule and celebrations are planned to begin on February 15.

But many Libyans, particularly those in the east, are urging citizens to take to the streets to protest the government's inability to so far provide security by disarming militias or moving towards writing a constitution.

Flights to Libya were suspended by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines until after the February 17 citing "tensions on the ground" in the country.

Many international organisations, including the United Nations mission in Libya and Western embassy staff will be on lockdown starting on February 14 as a safety measure.

Security in Tripoli and Benghazi have been increased in the past week, with several random check points by Libyan police and militias affiliated with the interior ministry popping up on all major roads.

"We will focus on tightening security at airports also in order to avoid any issues that will derail the celebrations," Zeidan said.

Last Mod: 12 Şubat 2013, 11:58
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