New wave of refugees reported heading for Tunisia

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A new wave of refugees fleeing the fighting in Libya is crossing into Tunisia, a French non-governmental organisation reported Thursday, warning that even more might be on their way.

"A month after the start of the conflict, the number of displaced people fleeing the violence is again on the increase at the border between Libya and Tunisia," according to a statement from Action Against Hunger (ACF).

"Today 9,000 people are living in the camp at Choucha," compared with hardly 3,000 last week, the organisation said.

ACF said it was "strengthening its arrangements" since "the fighting raises fears of a new influx of refugees."

It said it was trying to meet "the basic needs of food, access to water, sanitation and hygiene."

"Action Against Hunger is organising the distribution of 5,000 meals a day", it said and "the aim is eventually to be able to serve 10,000 a day."

© 2011 AFP

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