Egyptian fishermen killed by Tunisian navy

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Two Egyptian fishermen have been killed and another two wounded by a Tunisian naval ship, which fired on a group of fishermen illegally in Tunisian waters.

The incident occurred on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. The fishermen’s vessel was among a group of about ten Egyptian boats intercepted off Tunisia’s southern Kerkennah islands, Tunisia’s Defence Ministry said in a faxed statement late on Monday.

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



The ministry’s statement was released via the official news agency TAP. It said the Egyptian boats were engaged in “dangerous manoeuvres”. It added that Tunisian authorities have repeatedly warned Egypt about its fishermen entering Tunisian territorial waters.