1 000s of Libyans seek respite in Tunisia

2012-04-03 17:31

Tunis - Thousands of Libyans have entered Tunisia in a matter of days to seek respite from an unsettled country still marred by violence, an aid worker and media reports said on Tuesday.

"It is a rush in recent days," an official from the Red Crescent told AFP, specifying that 5 000 people have entered Tunisia through the Ras Jedir border crossing since Monday.

"People needed to come to get a break. They are coming for vacation or for treatment in Tunisia," he said, noting that life in Libya remains difficult more than five months after former dictator Muammar Gaddafi's death.

Nearly 4 000 Libyans have since Saturday crossed through the Dehiba border post, the official TAP news agency said.

Libya's interim government has struggled to manage and disarm the various militias that emerged during the conflict that led to Gaddafi's downfall and sporadic clashes between rival groups persist in several areas.