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Monday
Feb282011

Egyptian Warship Arrives in Tunisia to Transport Libyan Evacuees

Photo Courtesy - U.S. State Department(ZARZIS, Tunisia) -- An Egyptian warship arrived at the Tunisian port of Zarzis Monday to start transporting the thousands of Egyptian workers who fled the violence in Libya back home to Egypt.

Although an estimated 20,000 Egyptians are massed at the border seeking to return home, the vessel will only be able to hold about 1,000 passengers.  To help with the shortfall, close to two dozen flights may be planned to leave for Cairo on Monday as well.

It is estimated that 1,000 refugees are crossing into Tunisia every hour seeking to escape the violent clashes that have erupted between anti-government protesters and security forces in Libya.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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