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canada goose clearance sale DEHIBA, Tunisia (Reuters) An empty pickup truck veers off the winding road near the Tunisian hamlet of Ouni, separated from Libya by only a few hundred meters of unmarked scrub. Three men jump out and begin to stack gallon bottles full of contraband petrol on the back.

canada goose coats A man fills containers with gasoline at the southern Libya Tunisia border crossing in Dehiba, April 17, canada goose clearance 2012. In the absence of proper border controls after uprisings which ousted autocratic leaders in both Tunisia and Libya, canada goose coats on sale smugglers plying unmarked desert routes on the Tunisian Libyan border are becoming ever bolder, and Canada Goose Online disputes over smuggling routes are becoming ever more violent. Picture taken April 17, 2012. To match Feature TUNISIA SMUGGLING/ REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

canada goose store The fuel is destined for the provincial town of Tataouine, where they will canadian goose jacket sell it at a mark up on the side of the road or push it on to traders who distribute it canada goose uk shop further afield.

buy 100 bottles of 20 liters each they call them gallons each time. We have no other source of income. There is no work here, said Mohammed Abdel Haq, 57, pushing open the metal door to his home and welcoming visitors into a living room containing only two plastic canada goose factory sale chairs.

Even inside, uk canada goose canadagoosesale the concrete walls are unpainted. Tattered Canada Goose Coats On Sale rugs cover the floor and flimsy mattresses line the wall.

Canada Goose online call our Libyan contacts in Nalout and say we want a 100 cans and agree on a place to meet on the border to pick it up.

Outside, five rusting pickup trucks without number plates sit empty, awaiting the next trip across the desert. Plastic containers soak the bare, sandy ground, ready for collection.

cheap Canada Goose In the absence of proper border controls after uprisings that ousted autocratic leaders in Tunisia and Libya, smugglers plying unmarked desert routes are becoming ever bolder, and disputes are becoming ever more violent.

In April, a Libyan militia in the western town uk canada goose outlet of Zawiya took at least 80 Tunisian migrant workers hostage to protest the arrest of three of canada goose uk outlet its own members caught smuggling drugs by Tunisian border guards. Both the Tunisians and Libyans were freed after talks, Tunisia news agency media said.

Earlier in April, five canada goose store Tunisian smugglers were taken hostage by gunmen from Zuwara, another western Libyan town, Canada Goose online in a dispute over fuel smuggling. They were later released.

And Canada Goose Parka in February, Tunisian forces killed two gunmen and captured a third after clashes with a group of Islamist militants caught with arms smuggled from Libya.

They also expose how underequipped and understaffed Tunisian border guards have been left helpless to crush a trade often carried out by heavily armed gangs.

Those involved in canada goose black friday sale the highly secretive canada goose arms trade are often part of well connected gangs and travel in the dead of night with their lights turned off, locals say.

buy canada goose jacket don have the weapons to fight the smugglers. Sometimes we chase people but our cars are not good enough and the Libyans are armed. Sometimes they have rocket propelled grenade launchers and other weapons and canada goose clearance sale we need to think of our lives, said one Tunisian border guard at the Dehiba crossing, a flashpoint during the 2011 Libya war.

A man fills containers with gasoline at the southern Libya Tunisia border crossing in Dehiba, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

smuggling happens across the borders, not through the crossing, and it goes on daily, day and night.

Canada Goose Parka On April 17, locals tried to cut off the road leading to the border crossing at Dehiba, which is surrounded on all sides by miles of endless scrub, to keep the Libyans out, the guard said.

Canada Goose sale the border police arrested those Libyans over the drugs, their families started turning back Tunisians and refusing to sell them petrol, he said. the Tunisians were protesting canada goose uk black friday against the Libyans.

Canada Goose Jackets SMUGGLING A LIFELINE Smuggling is a lifeline in these Tunisian borderlands, where desert scrub stretches into Libya barren western mountains.

canada goose Everything from livestock and food to beer and cheap canada goose uk whisky makes the journey from Tunisia into Libya, Canada Goose sale where factories and farms have been hit by last year rebellion and alcohol is banned. Even Tunisian mined phosphate, official exports of which have been hit by strikes and protest, finds its way into Libya.

canada goose black friday sale But by far the most popular trade is in petrol, subsidized and cheap in oil exporting Libya, which is smuggled to Tunisia, a net fuel importer that has struggled with rising world prices.

Smuggling was rife before the Arab Spring toppled dictators, but it was a dangerous business carried out by a determined few.

canada goose clearance In the security vacuum that has emerged since, locals say it has become the main livelihood in Tunisian border areas, remote, lacking factories or services and too dry for extensive farming.

canada goose coats on sale Abdel Haq says his sons do up to 20 runs a day, bringing in up to 2,000 liters of petrol or diesel. Prices fluctuate depending on the supply but Abdel Haq sells onto traders who then sell on directly motorists in more heavily populated areas.

canadian goose jacket The further you go from the border, canada goose coats the higher the price, but Tunisian motorists who eventually have the fuel funneled into their tanks for upwards of buy canada goose jacket cheap 16 dinars ($10) are Canada Goose Jackets paying half what they would at a local petrol station.

Even the unmarked trucks that ply the trade were bought cheap Canada Goose in Libya for 1,000 dinars each, much cheaper than in Tunisia.

Canada Goose Outlet the revolution, sometimes the police would confiscate your car and take everything, Abdel Haq said. they don stop us because they know our situation. If there was something else for us we would stop turning to buy canada goose jacket Libya.

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