Tunisia’s defence minister has ordered troop reinforcements to the Libyan border as fighting between Gaddafi loyalists and rebels at the Dehiba frontier crossing swings back and forth.
Nearly 42,000 Libyans have fled the mostly Berber western mountains in the last month and are jammed into refugee camps on the Tunisian side. More arrive every day and are being looked after by national and international organisations and the UNHCR.
Despite their hardship, they may be the lucky ones. Overnight one ship was able to slip into beseiged Misrata and make it back to Benghazi today with 1,000 sick and injured people, and many women and children. But many more remain, easy targets bunched into Misrata’s port area, awaiting rescue.
Although 13,000 have made it to safety, every day makes the situation of those remaining more desperate as food and medical supplies run out.