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Vol 53 No 4

Published 17th February 2012


Gadaffi’s bequest to region

A UN mission to Libya’s neighbours warns that the wave of returnees is increasing social tension and the risk of more terrorism

A report to the United Nations Security Council paints an alarming picture of Sahelian countries being severely stressed by the 420,000 returnees who have fled Libya since the beginning of the uprising there. Some of them were armed – and have fuelled the Mali revolt (see Mali: Libyan arms fuel Tuareg revolt) – and others have been spreading Libyan weapons through the region.

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