The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 17, 2012
 

Libya closes borders, declares martial law in south

 
 

TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libya ordered the closure of its borders with four of its neighbours on Sunday, as it declared martial law in its vast desert south in the face of mounting unrest, state media reported.

The National Assembly ordered the "temporary closure of the land borders with Chad, Niger, Sudan and Algeria pending new regulations" on the circulation of people and goods, said a decree carried by the official LANA news agency.

"The provinces of Ghadames, Ghat, Obari, Al-Shati, Sebha, Murzuq and Kufra are considered as closed military zones to be ruled under emergency law," the decree stipulated.

It gave the defence ministry powers to appoint a military governor with authority to arrest fugitives from justice, and detain and deport illegal immigrants.