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Tunisia closes border crossing with Libya after people fleeing violence try to break through

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RAS AJDIR, Tunisia — Tunisia's state news agency says the country closed its main border crossing with Libya after hundreds of stranded Egyptians, fleeing violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage.

PHOTO: A security office building is damaged after an attack by Islamic hard-line militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. (AP Photo)
A security office building is damaged after an attack by Islamic hard-line militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. (AP Photo)

Security officials say the Egyptians, barred from entering Tunisia because they had no visa, held a protest, raised an Egyptian flag and broke through part of a fence at the Ras Ajdir crossing, prompting Tunisian police to fire tear gas and shoot in the air. The TAP news agency said a Tunisian police officer was wounded by gunfire from the Libyan side of the border.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

On Thursday, two Egyptians were killed at the crossing in unrest as more than 10,000 people crossed, mostly Libyans.

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PHOTO: A security office building is damaged after an attack by Islamic hard-line militias in Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. (AP Photo)
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