Libyans in Tunisia returned to their homes with a border guard, saying that the number of people returning has recently increased by 40 to 50 percent.
On Thursday, the border checkpoint between Tunisia and Libya was crowded with Libyans eager to return to their country.
Long lines formed on the Libyan side of the border with people keen to cross into Tunisia. It was not clear how many of these were leaving Libya and how many were just visiting Tunisia for the weekend.
"Of course Libya is free now and we feel more safe than we did under the tyrant Qaddafi," said one official.
Meanwhile, fighters loyal to Libya’s new rulers were inside Sirte on Thursday after a massive convoy of its forces launched a bid to take Muammar Qaddafi’s hometown.
A spokesman for the forces loyal to the National Transitional Council, which set out from Misrata earlier in the day, confirmed that the pro-NTC troops had entered Sirte.
Speaker: Libyan official at the border