Ras Jedir crossing on the Tunisian Libyan border was briefly closed by the Libyan authorities after four Libyan customs agents and twelve Tunisian nationals were abducted by masked gunmen on the Libyan side of the border. Media reports indicate the twelve Tunisians, abducted late Thursday may have been taken to the Libyan coastal city of Zouara, the identities and motives of their abductors remains unknown. On Friday night residents of Ben Guerdane (Governorate of Medenine) had set up roadblocks to prevent Libyan vehicles from returning to Libya in protest of the treatment and conditions faced by Tunisian traders in Libya. Initial reports have not stated which region(s) of Tunisia the twelve abducted Tunisians, described as 'returning workers' were attempting to return home to. Nessma TV reported the closure lasted six hours and a few hundred vehicles attempting to enter Tunisia were blocked on the Libyan side, but that the flow of traffic had been restored. In recent months several similar protests and harassment of Libyan vehicles by Ben Guerdane residents have been sparked by border closures and have prompted retaliatory prolonged border closures by the Libyan authorities at Ras Jedir.