28 Feb '11, 12am

About 100,000 people have fled Libya in the past week, the UN refugee agency said

About 100,000 people have fled Libya in the past week, the UN refugee agency said

Anti-government rebels shout slogans as they prepare for possible attacks by pro-Gaddafi loyalists at a checkpoint in Ajdabiya area. -- PHOTO: REUTERS GENEVA - THE UN refugee agency said on Sunday that close to 100,000 people, mainly foreign migrants, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries by land during the past week of turmoil in the North African nation. 'UNHCR emergency teams are working with Tunisian and Egyptian authorities and NGOs (non governmental organisations) to support close to 100,000 people that have fled the violence in Libya in the past week,' the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. A UNHCR count showed that they were overwhelmingly foreign migrants, mainly Egyptians and Tunisians. However, the total also included 4,600 Libyans who fled to Egypt and Tunisia. The Red Crescent said earlier that more than 10,000 people fled...

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