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Vol 52 No 10

Published 13th May 2011


Libya

Chaos keeps Gadaffi in the game

A humanitarian disaster threatens as the regime struggles to survive

The prevailing chaos in Libya shows what can happen if a popular uprising goes wrong – and where Egypt and Tunisia could have ended up. The number of refugees surging across the Tunisian and Egyptian borders is rising, while Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi’s troops are embroiled in a bloody campaign – dubbed ‘ethnic cleansing’ by a former regime insider – in the Jebel Nafousa mountain range, which is populated by Tunisian Berber people. The rebel movement controls the Dhuheiba border-crossing and old smuggling routes in the mountains, and it is in close touch with the Tunisian cousins.

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