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Mar 22, 2011

Analysis: Libya campaign enters riskiest phase for allies

LONDON (Reuters) – Military targets will grow harder to hit and the risk of deadly errors will increase as Western nations pursue their air campaign over Libya, with no guarantee of stopping Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in their tracks.

While three nights of bombing have enforced a no-fly zone and appear to have knocked out surface-to-air missile defenses, they have yet to stop Gaddafi loyalists attacking rebel cities.

Mar 7, 2011

Africans say Libyan troops try to make them fight

RAS JDIR CAMP, Tunisia (Reuters) – Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are rounding up black African migrants to force them to fight anti-Gaddafi rebels, young African men who fled to Tunisia said Monday.

In separate accounts at this refugee camp, they said they were raided in their homes by soldiers, beaten and robbed of their savings and identity papers, then detained and finally offered money to take up arms for the state.

Mar 6, 2011

U.N. readies for fresh Libya influx to Tunisia

RAS JDIR CAMP, Tunisia (Reuters) – The United Nations refugee agency is seeking satellite imagery of Libya that might explain the dramatic decline in the flow into Tunisia of migrants feeling violence in Libya, an official said.

“We don’t understand why the figures have so significantly dropped overnight,” UNHCR team leader Ayman Gharaibeh told Reuters on Sunday.

Mar 4, 2011

Foreigners may be prevented from leaving Libya

RAS JDIR, Tunisia, March 4 (Reuters) – Foreign workers
trying to flee the violence in Libya may be trapped or prevented
from reaching the Tunisian border, the United Nations refugee
agency said on Friday after the flow of refugees dried up.

The number of people crossing through this border post two
hours’ drive west of the Libyan capital Tripoli had topped
100,000 by Thursday but then plummeted.

Mar 4, 2011

Bangladeshis trudge on foot to camp by Libya border

RAS JDIR, Tunisia (Reuters) – Bangladeshis fleeing violent unrest in Libya trudged from Tunisia’s border on foot on Friday to a nearby transit camp, while Egyptian refugees piled onto Tunisian city buses for evacuation by air.

Officials at the airport in Djerba said they expected 50 evacuation flights to take off during the day. A German ship was due to dock further north to join the operation.

Mar 3, 2011

Pressure relieved as Libya refugee airlift kicks in

RAS JDIR, Tunisia, March 3 (Reuters) – An organized
international airlift relieved the high pressure human flood
from Libya into Tunisia on Thursday, as word spread to thousands
of stranded refugees that planes were taking them home.

After three days of chaos and a moment of panic when troops
fired into the air to control crowds, a sense of order and calm
was established at the Ras Jdir border crossing.

Mar 2, 2011

Migrant workers fleeing Libya appeal for help

RAS JDIR, Tunisia (Reuters) – Thousands of Bangladheshi migrant workers, desperate to leave Libya, pressed up against the gates of the Tunisian border crossing on Wednesday, angry at their government for sending no help.

Some have been sleeping for four days in the open on the Libyan side of the border at Ras Jdir with no food aid, through hot days and cold nights.

Mar 1, 2011

Desperate refugees surge over Libya-Tunisia border

RAS JDIR, Tunisia (Reuters) – Soldiers fired into the air in an effort to subdue a wave of Egyptian laborers desperate to escape Libya on Tuesday, as the refugee crisis created by the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi escalated.

Aid workers threw bottles of water and loaves of bread over the wall to a sea of men surging forward toward the safety of Tunisian soil, in a futile attempt to calm them.

Feb 27, 2011

Egyptian refugees from Libya demand Cairo’s help

JBIR, Tunisia (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptian labourers escaping the turmoil in Libya streamed across the border into Tunisia Sunday, straining the country’s capacity to cope with the sudden refugee crisis.

Over 50,000 have fled over the frontier the past six days, and there was no sign of an end to the exodus of mostly poor working men looking for a way home.

Feb 7, 2011
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Palestinians ask U.N. recognition for Bethlehem’s Nativity Church


(An Armenian priest in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, January 18, 2008/Nayef Hashlamoun)

Unlike the Sydney Opera House or the Statue of Liberty, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, one of the holiest places in Christendom, is not on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. It lies inside the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where Palestinians, with no state of their own, do not enjoy the full U.N. membership to secure United Nations recognition.