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By Peter Biro
March 17, 2011 - An International Rescue Committee (IRC) assessment team has returned to Egypt following a three-day visit to the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya, amid growing fears of an attack by forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi that have taken up positions outside Ajdabiya, only 160 kilometers (100 miles) away.
March 8, 2011 -The International Rescue Committee is deeply concerned about the security and humanitarian situation for civilians in violence-torn western regions of Libya, as fighting intensifies between pro-government and opposition forces.
"There is currently no way to deliver humanitarian aid to Libyan civilians and foreign nationals in and around cities consumed by violence and there's little information about their conditions," says the IRC's Emergency Response Team leader Alan Manski, who is in Ras Ajdir on the Tunisia-Libya border.
The IRC team in Tunisia …
Ras Adjir, Tunisia 03 Mar 2011 -
The IRC's Alan Manski (right) speaks with Egyptian migrant workers who told him they fled Tripoli five days ago and are still waiting to be repatriated to their homeland.
A transit center set up in Tunisia at the Ras Adjir border crossing has become saturated with people who fled the crisis in Libya, increasing the need for improved sanitation and shelter services at the site.
An estimated 90,000 people have crossed into Tunisia in the past 10 days - nearly all of them male migrant laborers who had been working in Libya.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deploying emergency experts to Egypt and Tunisia to support relief efforts, as tens of thousands of people stream into the two countries to escape worsening turmoil in Libya.
The UN Refugee Agency says the situation is fast reaching a "crisis point". As many as 140,000 people, mostly foreigners who had been working in Libya, have crossed into Egypt and Tunisia in the past week and many more are on the move.
The IRC's Emergency Response Team leader, Alan Manski, is heading the relief mission to Tunisia.