TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A border crossing between Libya and Tunisia is now in the hands of Libyan rebels. And relief officials in Tunisia are afraid it could lead to a new wave of refugees crossing into that country to flee the fighting in Libya.
The reported capture of the border crossing followed three days of intense fighting in the area.
If the rebels hold the crossing, it could open some important supply routes for the anti-Gadhafi forces, and give the rebels another foothold in western Libya, which is still dominated by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
Meanwhile, Gadhafi's regime is warning of retaliation if any NATO troops are sent to Libya. A government spokesman vowed to "make it 10 times as bad as Iraq."
Italy, France and Britain are planning to send combat advisers to help the rebels.
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