Algeria evacuates 3,800 nationals from Libya so far: APS

10:30, March 06, 2011      

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Algeria has evacuated more than 3, 800 of its citizens from Libya which has been swept by the two- week protest against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, state-run APS news agency reported Saturday.

Halim Benattalh, a ministerial delegate in charge of Algerian expatriates, said the 3,800 have been evacuated via flights, vans and vessels.

He said Algerian authorities have also evacuated 2,200 foreigners from Libya, adding the 6,000 have fled Libya until Wednesday.

Humanitarian groups said a lot of foreigners in Libya have begun fleeing into Algeria after reports that pro-Gaddafi forces started to guard exit routes to Tunisia and Egypt.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said it is seeing fewer people arriving at borders with Tunisia and Egypt. Libya also shares its borders with Sudan and Niger.

Source: Xinhua
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