UN refugee agency: Over 100,000 have fled Libya

February 27, 2011 13:39


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GENEVA — The UN refugee agency says more than 100,000 people have fled violence in Libya to neighboring countries in the past week.

The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says some 55,000 people have arrived in Egypt since Feb. 19. About 7,000 of those are third country nationals mostly from Asia.

A further 50,000 people including 2,000 Chinese and 2,500 Libyans have crossed into Tunisia.

Geneva-based UNHCR says one group comprising Bangladeshis, Thais and Pakistanis were found marooned without papers in no-man's land between Libya and Egypt near Sallum.

The agency said Sunday that it has airlifted 100 metric tons of aid including 2,000 tents to Jerba in Tunisia from where it will be transported to the Libyan border.

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