Aid agencies: 215,000 have fled Libya, many are still stuck

March 8, 2011 16:30

GENEVA - More than 215,000 people, mainly migrant workers, have fled Libya in the past two weeks but there is a shortage of flights to repatriate them, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

The outflow to Tunisia, Egypt and Niger has slowed in recent days as fighting in western Libya has restricted movement, the UN refugee agency said.

"At both borders, Tunisia and Egypt, most of those awaiting evacuation are Bangladeshi single men. There remains a critical shortage at present of long-haul flights to Bangladesh, other parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa," Adrian Edwards, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees told a news briefing.

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