05 Mar '11, 4pm

Over 190,000 flee Libya unrest: UN

Over 190,000 flee Libya unrest: UN

ZURICH : More than 191,000 people have fled the violence in Libya, where opponents of Muammar al-Gaddafi are seeking to oust the veteran ruler, the United Nations said. In total "191,748 people, mainly immigrant workers have fled Libya,"the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report citing figures from the International Organisation for Migration. As of Thursday the bulk of these, 104,275, had fled into Tunisia. However forces loyal to Gaddafi were in control of the Tunisia-Libyan border and were slowing down the passage of more refugees, OCHA added. About 3,500 Bangladeshi workers had made it home by Saturday from strife-torn Libya, but tens of thousands of others were still stuck in the country with little prospect of getting out soon. A further 85,000 refugees had reached Egypt, Ocha said in its report dated Friday. "Efforts to ensu...

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