France to airlift Bangladeshis fleeing Libya: source
France will airlift 12,000 Bangladeshis who have fled deadly fighting in Libya in a Saudi-funded rescue mission, a French diplomatic source said Wednesday.
"We are going to run an airlift for about 12,000 Bangladeshis with the financial support of Saudi Arabia," said the source, who asked not to be named.
The Bangladeshis were working in Libya and have fled penniless across the border into Tunisia to escape heavy fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. Some are still on Libyan soil.
Tunisian authorities last week starting housing the Bangladeshis in tents in a refugee camp run by the Tunisian military and the United Nations.
© 2011 AFP