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EU fears massive exodus of refugees if there’s a ‘Battle for Tripoli’

Tuesday, March 1st 2011 - 06:31 UTC
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Thousands are already heading for Tunisia and Egypt (Photo Reuters) Thousands are already heading for Tunisia and Egypt (Photo Reuters)

Europe is extremely concerned about the consequences of the instability in Libya which could mean a humanitarian crisis of proportions if Libyans take to the sea and try to reach the European continent in look of food, hope and jobs, warned the EU Commissioner for Food Aid Kristalina Georgieva.

However “the immediate emergency is medical and sanitary because of the growing number of injured and unburied bodies in battle fields”, added the EU official.

Doctors, nurses, field hospitals, medicines, food and drinking water are needed to look after the many injured among combatants, and to provide for the innocent civilians caught in the fighting.

Another scenario is in the event of a Battle for Tripoli, and with worsened security and safety conditions there could be a massive influx of thousands of refugees to neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia.

“Let’s pray for the best but lets prepare for the worst scenario also” emphasized Georgieva.

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  • aedi

    “Europe is extremely concerned about the consequences of the instability in Libya”

    That's precisely why they and their transatlantic masters have been helping, doing business with, propping up dictators all over the world, selling armament to keep their citizen under control, and at the same time economically and politically applying unrelenting pressure on Cuba for 50 years, and against perfectly democratically elected governments elsewhere. That's double standards to me and to any moderately educated people in the world! Again there are “good” and “bad” presidents, dictators,terrorists,media, commentators, grannies, etc. depending only whether they are WITH OR AGAINST USA-UK-EU-Zionists.

    Mar 02nd, 2011 - 12:00 am 0
  • GeoffWard

    I think the big worry in the EU is that thousands/millions of North Africans might use the troubles to land on EU territory claiming refugee status.
    This is not bad in itself in that the thousands/millions could be returned once the religious leaders establish a new Muslim order to replace the previous leaders.
    The trouble is that the thousands/millions might not want to return to a Taliban-type life-style; and thousands/millions may seek ways to stay and settle in over-populated Europe.

    Cannot some South American countries with much uninhabited land take some of the strain and import some of these thousands/millions of disgruntled Africans to start a new life here? We did it before, why not do it again?

    Mar 02nd, 2011 - 11:08 am 0
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