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Communications charity TSF helps Libyan refugees

Kathleen Hall

Emergency telecommunications charity Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) is providing aid to Libyan refugees on the country's border following the regime's violent crackdown.

People are fleeing Libya in thousands to take refuge in a transit camp, 6kms far from the Libyan border, said the charity. TSF, in collaboration with humanitarian organisation Red Crescent, is providing telecommunications to the displaced population.

Civilians have been stopped at several checkpoints in Libya, where their ID cards and the SIM cards of their mobile phones are confiscated, said the charity.

A first TSF team arrived on 24 February at the Ras Ajdir frontier post near to Ben Guerdane, the first Tunisian town after the Libyan border. A second team, sent as reinforcements from the international headquarters of TSF, is about to join them.

On 25 February, more than 200 calls were offered to the population: 98% of those calls were for Egypt. Crowds of people are waiting in long queues to make phone calls, said the chairty.

TSF is also working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Tunisian Civil Defense and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department.


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