Pro-regime forces control Libyan border with Tunisia: UNHCR

4th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN refugee agency said Friday that heavily armed pro-regime forces are now manning the Libyan side of the border with Tunisia, where less than 2,000 people fled across on Thursday.

"On previous days, between 10,000 and 15,000 fled everyday into Tunisia, yesterday less than 2,000 made it across the border," said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

"On previous days, between 10,000 and 15,000 fled everyday into Tunisia, yesterday less than 2,000 made it across the border," said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman of the High Commissioner for Refugees.

"UNHCR is very concerned that the security situation in Libya may be preventing people crossing the border.

"The border on the Libyan side of the border is now manned by heavily armed pro-government forces," she added.

Those that did manage to cross the border told the UNHCR that "their mobile phones had been confiscated en route, along with cameras."

"Many of those who have crossed the border appear to be frightened and are unwilling to speak," said Fleming.


© 2011 AFP

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