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Bombing of Libya is driving thousands of civilians from homes, bishop reports

May 10, 2011

The apostolic vicar of Tripoli, who has consistently denounced the NATO air strikes in Libya, reports that the bombing is causing a massive exodus of refugees.

"The Libyans are afraid, every day thousands of people leave for Egypt and Tunisia, where refugee camps have been set up,” Bishop Giovanni Martinelli told the AsiaNews service. “Yesterday more than 30,000 people fled to Tunisia alone.”

Bishop Martinelli has issued numerous pleas for an end to the bombing campaign and the beginning of negotiations to settle Libya's future.


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