Tunisia's state news agency says 27 Libyan soldiers have fled fighting in Libya and taken boats to Tunisia.
The TAP news agency reported Wednesday that several of those who fled were senior officers.
It says they arrived with 14 civilians aboard two boats Tuesday in the Tunisian port of Ketf, near the Libyan border.
Tunisian army official Mokhtar Ben Nasr said several groups of Libyan troops have fled to Tunisia in recent weeks, and "they are in a safe place." He would not disclose their location.
He told a news conference that the number of Libyans fleeing has mounted in recent days, with 6,330 Libyan refugees crossing into Tunisia from Monday to Tuesday.
An uprising in Tunisia earlier this year prompted anti-government protests around the Arab world.