Pro-Gaddafi forces clash with Tunisian military

Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:56am GMT
 

* Gunfight in Tunisian town near border

* Gaddafi unit entered town of Dehiba in pursuit of rebels

* Rebels say have re-taken border crossing

By Zoubeir Souissi

DEHIBA, Tunisia, April 29 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi crossed into neighbouring Tunisia and fought a gun battle with Tunisian troops in a frontier town on Friday as Libya's conflict spilled beyond its borders.

Pro-Gaddafi forces fired shells into the town of Dehiba, damaging buildings and injuring at least one resident, and a group of them drove into the town in a truck, local people and a Reuters photographer in the town said.

The Libyan government troops were pursuing anti-Gaddafi rebels from the restive Western Mountains region of Libya who fled into Tunisia in the past few days after Gaddafi forces overran the border post the rebels had earlier seized.

"There were lots of clashes in the town this morning. Lots of gunshots. The Tunisian military clashed with Gaddafi's forces ... Some of Gaddafi's people were killed," said Reuters photographer Zoubeir Souissi from the town.   Continued...

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