(Euronews: 1157 PST, March 1, 2011) Fighting in Libya is forcing more and more people to flee, with refugee agencies now talking about a humanitarian crisis.
It is estimated up to 75,000 people have fled for neighbouring Tunisia. Most of them are Egyptian migrants who had been working in Libya. They are angry at their government for what they call its slow response in evacuating them. They say after the revolution in their country they became the target of attacks in Libya, accused of helping to inspire the Libyan demonstrators.
Thousands Fleeing Libya Stuck at Border
(Associated Press: 0624 PST, March 1, 2011) Thousands who are fleeing Libya, many of them foreign workers, remain stuck on the Tunisian side of the border as they're having trouble getting back to their home countries.
Tunisia Asks for Help in Tackling Border Chaos
(Euronews: 0000 PST, March 1, 2011) Tunisia's government has called for help in dealing with the thousands of Egyptian labourers and other foreign workers who have streamed across the border to avoid the turmoil in Libya.
With so many people to cope with, most have been given the minimum to sustain them: some milk and bread and perhaps a blanket. "The situation here is almost a catastrophe," said one man. "We call on all the organisations of the world, all governments all humanitarian associations to intervene to help these people return home with dignity."