05:09 GMT +318 October 2019
Listen Live
    Black smoke billows in the sky amid clashes between rival Libyan factions in Benghazi.

    About 3,000 Libyan Refugees Arrive in Tunisia Daily - UN Chief

    © REUTERS / ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    133
    Subscribe

    Up to 3,000 people arrive from Libya to Tunisia every day, while Tunisia takes in more than 450,000 Libyan refugees, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Speaking at a press conference with Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Tuesday, Ban thanked the country and its people for "their generosity to accommodate more than 450,000 Libyan refugees."

    "And I understand that even at this moment, every day, 2,000 to 3,000 Libyans are crossing the border and settling in this country," Ban said in a speech as quoted by the UN press service.

    Libya has been engulfed in conflict since the 2011 overthrow of long-term leader Muammar Gaddafi by Western-backed Islamic extremists and opposition factions, and the subsequent civil war.

    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik