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Thousands fleeing Libya cause chaos at border

By Doug Hamilton/Reuters RAS JDIR: Tunisian border guards fired into the air on Tuesday to try to control a crowd of people clamoring to get through a border crossing to escape the violence in neighboring Libya. Border guards were letting people, mostly foreigners who had been working in Libya, through the crossing at Ras Jdir …


Egyptian refugees from Libya demand Cairo’s help

RAS JDIR, Tunisia: Thousands of Egyptian laborers escaping the turmoil in Libya streamed across the border into Tunisia on Sunday, straining the country’s capacity to cope with the sudden refugee crisis. Over 50,000 have fled over the frontier the past six days, and there was no sign of an end to the exodus of mostly …


Libya land exodus unabated, Egyptians stranded: IOM

  GENEVA: About 15,000 Egyptians who fled the Libyan crisis are still stranded in Tunisia amid a relentless exodus of foreigners by land, the International Organization for Migration said Saturday. More than 7,800 people of more than 20 different nationalities crossed at the Ras Adjir border post in Tunisia alone on Friday, the IOM said …


Egyptians fleeing Libya describe ‘beatings, torture’

CAIRO: Egyptians fleeing Libya said on Thursday they had suffered beatings and torture after Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi’s son accused Egyptians of being behind a popular uprising there. Arriving at Cairo airport, they said Libyan authorities tried to recruit them to help crush the uprising against Qaddafi’s 41-year authoritarian regime. "When we refused, we were …


Over 30,000 Egyptians, Tunisians flee Libya: IOM

GENEVA: More than 30,000 Tunisian and Egyptian migrants have fled to their home countries from Libya since Monday, the IOM said Thursday, adding that it expects tens of thousands more to leave. "The arrivals are increasing every day. We are at over 30,000 people since Monday," said Jean-Philippe Chauzy, spokesman for the International Organization for …


Libya OKs Egyptian evacuation flights, says Aboul Gheit

CAIRO: Tripoli has given Cairo a green light to carry out 37 evacuation flights for Egyptians caught up in the Libyan uprising, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Wednesday. Authorization for the flights was given to Aboul Gheit during a conversation with his Libyan counterpart, Moussa Koussa, Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency reported. Some …


Egyptians, fleeing Libya chaos, spill over border

SALLOUM: Terrified Egyptian migrant workers in Libya poured over the border by the thousands for the safety of home on Wednesday, fleeing the rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi’s regime. Clutching their few belongings as they passed beneath the white concrete gateway that marks the frontier, they told of shooting in the eastern towns where they worked …


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