By Libya Herald staff.
Ras Jedir, 15 December 2014:
The Ras Jedir border crossing between Libya and Tunisia was today under full control . . .[restrict]of Libya Dawn and, although quiet, was fully open on both sides.
“The border is open and working normally today,” director of the Border Guard on the Libyan side of Ras Jedir Kamel Saud Musa told the Libya Herald. “Today is busier than yesterday but it is still quiet because of the bombing nearby yesterday.”
The border crossing today was seen to be fully-operational from the Libyan side, with people crossing both on foot and in cars.
Musa denied that control of the border had changed hands yesterday, saying the Border Guard, which falls under the Ministry of Interior, had remained in full control throughout the day. He said that opposition forces had tried to get control of the border but the closest they had reached was three kilometres away.
Other local officials, however, said that the border was in control of Libyan National Army forces for several hours yesterday, after the border crossing was temporarily evacuated.
When asked whether staff expected further attacks on the crossing, Musa said he was unable to comment on any military situation. “All I can say is that the road is as normal.”
Cars travelling to and from the border were today being diverted onto a side road running along the coast, with the main road described as “vulnerable to attack.” In the late afternoon, a number of small convoys of ‘technicals’ (improvised fighting vehicles) were seen heading in the direction of Ras Jedir. [/restrict]