Nearly 100,000 people flee Libya in past week: UNHCR

27th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN refugee agency said Sunday that "close to 100,000 people", mainly foreign migrants, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries during the past week of turmoil in the North African nation.

"UNHCR emergency teams are working with Tunisian and Egyptian authorities and NGOs (non governmental organisations) to support close to 100,000 people that have fled the violence in Libya in the past week," the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement.

A UNHCR count showed that they were overhwelmingly foreign migrants, mainly Egyptians and Tunisians.

The Red Crescent said earlier that more than 10,000 people fled Libya into Tunisia at the Ras Jedir post on Saturday alone, most of them Egyptians, calling the situation a "humanitarian crisis" as the flow grew.

© 2011 AFP

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