Tunisia: Playing Tit-for-Tat with Libya

Playing Tit-for-Tat with Libya

Officials in Tunisia were outraged. Some 23,000 of the country's workers were returning home from neighboring Libya bearing tales of forced detention, beatings and the seizure of possessions, including their passports. The unhappy caravan was the first wave of some 90,000 Tunisian workers in Libya affected by Libyan Strongman Muammar Gaddafi's decision earlier this month to expel foreign workers. Libya's economy has been hard hit by reduced earnings resulting from the oil glut.

Tunisia retaliated last week by ordering the expulsion of 253 Libyans, including 30 diplomats. It also closed Libyan consulates and cultural centers in Tunis and the seaport city...

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