TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A witness says that Tunisian troops have fired tear gas and warning shots around a camp on the border with Libya to disperse rioting among refugees and local residents.
The tensions Tuesday came the day after four Eritrean refugees died when a fire spread through the Choucha camp near the town of Ras Jdir.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has moved out its staff because of the unrest, said spokeswoman Sybella Wilkes.
The witness said refugees frustrated at being in the camps so long have blocked a cross-border highway. Local residents are also frustrated that the refugees have stayed so long and want them to leave. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
Around 3,500 refugees, mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and Ivory Coast, live in the camp.