Tunisian authorities prepares for influx of refugees from Libya

09:33, March 21, 2011      

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Representatives from Tunisian public health, military and civil protection sectors gathered Saturday in the southern town of Zarzis to prepare for a massive influx of refugees from Libya, the official TAP press agency reported.

The meeting came after the UN Security Council's decision to use force against Libyan government forces.

Some 40 surgical operations rooms will be fitted out in various hospitals, while two blood transfusion centers were set up in towns of Ben Guerdane and Tataouine, said TAP, adding 10 additional ambulances, two military helicopters and military vehicles each with a capacity of 50 to 60 people, will also be mobilized at the Choucha Camp in the border crossing point of Ras El Jedir.

According to TAP, some 100,000 refugees have been evacuated from Djerba's international airport since Feb. 23. It is estimated that some 20,000 refugees are still living in the camps set up by Tunisian authorities and the UNHCR near Ras El Jedir.

Source: Xinhua
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