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Scuffles break out at Tunisian refugee camp

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Scuffles break out at Tunisian refugee camp

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Tempers have finally boiled over at one refugee camp on the Tunisian Libyan border.

Up until now the UN’s makeshift holding centres have been mostly calm, but violent scuffles broke out at the camp at Ras Ajdir on Tuesday due to frustration over conditions and the wait to go home.

Thousands of foreign workers, notably Bangladeshi migrants, remain trapped in Tunisia.

But some are managing to escape despite a shortage of flights. While there is gratitude to be finally going, it is mixed with frustration.

One man being repatriated said: “I am happy to go home and see my family in Ghana, so I thank God for helping me to go home today.”

The UN estimates more than 215,000 people have fled the crisis in Libya in the last two weeks. That outflow has slowed in recent days with fighting in Libya restricting the movement of people.