April 29, 2011 / 8:32 PM / 9 years ago

Libya offers Misrata rebels amnesty, respects Tunisia

TRIPOLI, April 29 (Reuters) - The Libyan government said on Friday it had taken control of Misrata’s port and warned rebels in the besieged city they faced further bloodshed unless they handed in their weapons in four days and received a pardon.

Libya was coordinating with the Tunisian government to prevent a disaster on the border, government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told reporters. He blamed the rebels for border violations and pledged respect for Tunisia’s sovereignty.

Ibrahim also urged any foreign fighters to leave the country or we will “finish you off”.

“We will fight for Misrata soldier by soldier, young man by young man, young woman by young woman,” Ibrahim said.

Reporting by Lin Noueihed, editing by Tim Pearce

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