International aid agencies have praised Egyptian and Tunisian householders who are helping to take care of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the uprising in neighbouring Libya. Many are opening their homes to host complete strangers.
Foreign workers going home brought with them more stories of horror.
“This is a massacre by Gaddafi and his sons. He is bringing in mercenaries, and they are commiting massacres,” said Lameen Al Abidi on the Egyptian border.
In Tunisia, the military has set up a transit camp at the border for 400 people. The UN is expecting a delivery of tents to accomodate 10,000 more.
At the Ras Jder border crossing a convoy from northern Tunisia crossed into Libya loaded with essential supplies.
Convoy coordinator Sayed Ahmed said: “We have brought with us all our Tunisian brothers so we can take them money, equipment and our love. God willing we will get there and stand with them.”
The Red Cross believes a humanitarian crisis is deepening in Libya by the hour as more and more people leave their homes in search of safety.
It has already appealed for nearly 5 million euros in international aid but warned that figure would probably rise.