Libyan ex­o­dus ’ emer­gency’

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE UN refugee agency says a ‘‘ hu­man­i­tar­ian emer­gency’’ is un­der way as thou­sands of for­eign­ers flee Libya by air, land and sea. The agency said al­most 100,000 mi­grant work­ers, mostly from Egypt and Tu­nisia, had fled Libya in the past week and many re­mained stranded at the Libya-Tu­nisia bor­der as Libyan cus­toms of­fi­cers de­serted their posts. ‘‘ We call upon the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to re­spond quickly . . . to cope with this emer­gency,’’ said An­to­nio Guter­res, the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees.

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