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‘Refugee crisis’ on Libyan border March 1, 2011

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The circumstance on Libyas border with Tunisia has achieved crisis level, as tens of a large number of foreigners flee unrest inside the country, the UN says.

Aid employees seem unable to cope with the influx, say correspondents. Some 140,000 have gone to Tunisia and Egypt.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has informed Western journalists he is cherished by his individuals and denied protests in Tripoli.

His interview came amid reviews that he is trying to regain control of rebel places in western Libya.

Col Gaddafi is facing a substantial challenge to his 41-year rule, with protesters in control of towns inside the east.

Witnesses said pro-Gaddafi forces tried to retake the western cities of Zawiya, Misrata and Nalut on Monday but have been repulsed by rebels assisted by defecting army models.

The rebels said theyd killed eight pro-Gaddafi militia, but there have been no opposition fatalities. There has been no phrase from your authorities on casualties.

Youll find fears in Zawiya that the town might be attacked from your air, however the rebels remained defiant.

‘Were not
here for energy, authority or cash,’ they said in a message aimed at Col Gaddafi.

‘We are here for the cause of flexibility along with the value we are willing to pay is with our personal blood… It really is victory or demise.’

In other developments:

* The Red Cross is requesting use of western Libya, amid unconfirmed reviews of attacks on doctors and summary killings of individuals
* Austria freezes assets with the Libyan leadership really worth 1.2bn euros (1.65bn, £1.02bn) as Germany freezes the bank account of a single of Col Gaddafis sons
* Libyan air force planes reportedly attacked ammunition depots inside the eastern towns of Ajdabiya and Rajma
* About 400 protesters gathered inside the Tripoli suburb of Tajoura on Monday – Gaddafi supporters tried to disperse them by firing inside the air
* Reviews say there have been lengthy queues in Tripoli financial institutions as individuals tried to gather the 500 dinars (£250, 410) promised through the authorities in an try to quell the unrest


A spokeswoman for the UN Substantial Commissioner for Refugees, Melissa Fleming, said 70,000-75,000 individuals have fled to Tunisia considering that violence began in Libya on twenty February. A equivalent quantity have gone to Egypt, exactly where most have been able to proceed their journeys onward.

‘Our employees to the Libya-Tunisia border have informed us this early morning that the circumstance there is reaching crisis level,’ she said, quoted by AFP news agency.

About 2,000 individuals are crossing into Tunisia each hour but when in Tunisia numerous of them have nowhere to go. One more twenty,000 are said to become backed up to the Libyan side.

Most are Egyptian, but you will find also significant figures of Chinese and Bangladeshis.

The Egyptians are angry, complaining that they have been forgotten by their authorities, says the BBCs Jim Muir to the border.

Temperatures plummeted overnight and our correspondent noticed the physique of a young Egyptian man who had apparently died of cold.



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