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Tunisia Navy Kills Two Egyptian Fishermen, Defense Ministry Says

September 04, 2012

Two Egyptian fishermen were killed and two others wounded when a Tunisian navy vessel opened fire on their boat, which had illegally entered the country’s waters, Tunisia’s Defense Ministry said.

The fishermen’s vessel was among a group of about 10 Egyptian boats intercepted off Tunisia’s southern Kerkennah islands, the ministry said in a faxed statement late yesterday.

The authorities “were obliged to open fire when the Egyptian vessels failed to comply with orders to stop,” according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jihen Laghmari in Tunis via the Cairo newsroom at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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