The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres
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UN: 'Massive evacuation from Libya needed'

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called for a "massive evacuation" of refugees who have crossed from Libya into Tunisia.

Antonio Guterres said thousands of Egyptians were among those who were now located in Tunisia and that efforts should be made to return them.

He told the BBC's Imogen Foulkes that Tunisia was unable to cope with the influx of refugees and warned of a "huge humanitarian disaster" if the international community did not act.

  • 01 Mar 2011
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