May 17, 2011 / 6:30 PM / 7 years ago

Tunisia warns Libya over border shelling

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia warned Libya it would refer Tripoli to the U.N. Security Council if it continued to commit “enemy acts,” Tunisian media reported on Tuesday.

Tunisia considers recent acts carried out by its neighbor as “enemy actions,” a television broadcast said, citing a government communique.

The warning is linked to the “continuing firing of rockets by Libyan forces toward Tunisian territory,” the state-run TAP news agency reported, citing a source at the Foreign Ministry.

The shelling violates Tunisian territorial sovereignty and puts its citizens at risk, the source said.

“The Tunisian government views those acts as belligerent behavior from the Libyan side who had pledged more than once to prevent its forces from firing in the direction of Tunisia and has failed to respect its undertakings,” the source was quoted as saying.

Earlier on Tuesday at least four Russian-made Grad rockets fired from Libya landed inside Tunisia, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene.

TAP said the Tunisian envoy to Tripoli would protest to Libyan authorities and warn them of the possibility of diplomatic action.

Reporting by Tarek Amara and Joseph Nasr, Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Maria Golovnina

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