Libyan rebels take key border post with Tunisia

August 27, 2011 09:04 am | Updated December 04, 2021 11:07 pm IST - TUNIS

Rebel fighters search for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi's forces in Tripoli. Photo: AP

Rebel fighters search for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi's forces in Tripoli. Photo: AP

Tunisia’s official news agency says Libyan rebels have taken control of the main border crossing between the two countries.

The rebels had been trying to take the Ras Ajdir post for days from loyalists of Muammar Qadhafi. The news agency reported that exchanges of gunfire could be heard from the Tunisian side as the rebels pushed forward on Friday evening.

The rebels control other posts along the border, but Ras Ajdir is the primary crossing between the two countries and would allow them to more easily bring supplies into Libya.

A witness in the area says he saw the rebels raise their flag at the crossing Friday night.

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