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Tunisia stretched by refugee flow from Libya

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Tunisia’s capacity to absorb refugees fleeing the fighting in Libya is being tested to the limit.

Tens of thousands of foreign workers and their families are pouring over the border.

Euronews correspondent Jamal Ezzedini is at a camp in Ras Jdir.

“Thousands of Egyptians and other foreigners are flooding across the border at Ras Jdier, between Libya and Tunisia,” he reports. “About 40,000 have crossed fleeing what they say is hell in Libya. We’ve seen big efforts have been made by the local Tunisian authorities to help and give aid to Egyptians and other foreigners by giving them food, drinks, blankets, and clothes. At the moment there are dozens of Tunisian cars evacuating the Egyptians to Ben Gardane and Jerba. They will be staying in youth hostels and at sportsgrounds until they can go back to their own countries.”