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Libyan air strikes prompt migrant exodus

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Libyan air strikes prompt migrant exodus


The number of foreign workers trying to cross the Libyan-Tunisian border since coalition air strikes began has increased significantly, the UN says.

The crisis in Libya had already prompted a mass exodus, but the latest migratory wave suggests many people feel they have no immediate future in the country.

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UNHCR spokesman, Firas Kayal said: “Yesterday’s numbers were around 2,200 persons. The majority of them were persons from Sudan. And of course we have many other nationalities as well trying to cross into this side.”

For the moment, it remains unclear how many people are still trying to escape the violence.

Of the tens of thousands who have left Libya, many of those refugees have been repatriated. Others, however, still find themselves stuck in makeshift camps just inside Tunisia.

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