By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 27 November 2015:
What appears to have been a row between Libyan and Tunisian fuel smugglers on the Libyan . . .[restrict]side of the border near Tatouine led to a Tunisian being shot in the neck.
The injured man is being treated for buck shot wounds in Tatouine regional hospital a security source told the Tunisian news agency TAP today. The victim is reportedly in a stable condition. No further details of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, have been given. It is not clear if the Tunisian smuggler is now under arrest.
The once-flourishing cross-border smuggling of heavily-subsidised Libya fuel is now seriously threatened by Tunisia’s heightened security measures, which include a ditch and berm being excavated along the entire frontier.
Earlier this month Germany agreed to instal an electronic surveillance system all the way along the border with Libya from Ras Jedir to Bori El-Khadra at the junction of the Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian frontiers.
Tunisia’s Defence Minister Farhat Horchani also said that Germany would be training security personnel and providing equipment, the nature of which he did not specify. [/restrict]