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EU triples aid for refugees fleeing Libya

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The EU has announced a trebling of aid for refugees fleeing Libya to 10 million euros.

The extra cash follows a UN call for an international response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the Libyan-Tunisian border.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso made it clear he wants Gaddafi’s crumbling regime to go: “We must do everything so that the current regime leaves the country and stops its actions against the Libyan people.”

The EU plans a crisis summit next week to discuss the border situation and the chaos within Libya itself.

Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, said: “In the Benghazi area, we have humanitarian teams already on the ground, and they report that there is a need for medical assistance. Because the Libyan health system had foreigners at its heart and they have left, leaving behind a huge void, which has to be filled.”

Brussels has also made 25 million euros available to help process asylum seekers and boost border checks at EU frontiers.