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Known only as AF, the 34-year-old woman told medics in her home town of Gafsa that she was due to give birth to duodecaplets later this month.
But an investigation by the country's health ministry has revealed that she has "psychological problems and is unlikely even to be pregnant".
A spokesman in Tunis, the capital, added: "Our staff interviewed her at length, but even her pregnancy appears to be in her imagination.
"She's claiming to be nine months pregnant with six boys and six girls, but there's absolute nothing about her appearance which indicates this.
"The woman has refused point blank to undergo a medical examination. Now we can't even contact her. She's gone into hiding.'
A doctor at No'man al Adab Hospital, the only one in the town of Gafsa, confirmed that the woman had never been in their care, and had "undoubtedly" made the whole thing up.