Mass evacuation of thousands fleeing Libya needed: UN

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The UN refugee agency and an international migrant group issued Tuesday an urgent appeal for the mass evacuation of tens of thousands of people fleeing into Tunisia from revolt-hit Libya.

"The International Organization for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are urgently appealing to governments for a massive humanitarian evacuation of tens of thousands of Egyptians and other third country nationals who have fled into Tunisia from Libya," said the two agencies in a statement.

They noted that over 75,000 people have crossed the Tunisian border since February 19, and that some 40,000 more are waiting on the Libyan side of the border to enter Tunisia.

"The two organisations deem this operation essential as the overcrowding at the border worsens by the hour," they said.

© 2011 AFP

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