Thousands of Tunisians flee from Libya as violence flares

09:24, February 22, 2011      

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Some 2,600 Tunisian nationals living in Libya have fled to the Tunisian-Libyan border post of Ras El Jedir, the official press agency TAP reported Monday.

More than 300 were evacuated by plane. There are 50,000 Tunisians living in Libya. They spoke of the chaos and insecurity reigning in the country, saying that the situation differs from region to region, regarding their degree of allegiance to the Libyan authorities.

Some of them were ransacked and their cars burned.

Tunisian television reported that Libyan fighter jets bombarded some districts of Libya's capital of Tripoli.

It also said that Tunisian border post hospitals in Tataouine, Ras El Jedir and Djerba, are ready to receive casualties from the violence.

Source: Xinhua

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