With at least 30,000 foreign workers now estimated to have fled Libya, the border with Tunisia has become the favoured exit for about half.
Most of those leaving are Tunisians or Egyptians, of which there are an estimated 1.5 million in Libya. There are also some 30,000 Chinese and big Filipino, Indian, and Turkish communities in Libya.
“Getting here was not a problem but at night sometimes there were trouble makers, thieves and people with weapons who attacked us and took our money. They took all our money, we have left all that we own over there,” said one Egyptian man.
“The situation here is good, but in Tripoli there are some problems. The problem there is death and destruction, or so the television says. Some say 600, others say 10,000 dead. We really have no clue, so we decided to leave,” said another.
Many expressed the same opinion; that it was peaceful where they were, but that media reports were so worrying they decided to leave while they could.