U.N. readies for fresh Libya influx to Tunisia

Sun Mar 6, 2011 2:56pm GMT

* Fall in migrant flows suggests "something dramatic"

* UNHCR seeks satellite view of situation inside Libya

By Douglas Hamilton

RAS JDIR CAMP, Tunisia, March 6 (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency is seeking satellite imagery of Libya that might explain the dramatic decline in the flow into Tunisia of migrants feeling violence in Libya, an official said.

"We don't understand why the figures have so significantly dropped overnight," UNHCR team leader Ayman Gharaibeh told Reuters on Sunday.

"We're getting different interpretations. What we know is that the numbers have gone down from 12,000 a day to 2,000 a day. So something dramatic must have happened on the other side of the border."

"We're trying to get more organised, to be prepared in case there is another influx," Gharaibeh said.

"We're trying to coordinate with governments that have the capability to try and give us any kind of satellite imagery that would help us plan better and to try to assess what could be the size of that influx."   Continued...

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