Libya: Refugees Leave as Humanitarian Aid and Journalists Trickle in

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.

As Libyan dictator Muammer Al Gaddafi continues to cling to power, killing protesters who are standing up against him in the process in the most brutal and horrendous crackdown to date, the influx of refugees trying to escape from Libya continues to grow. And as the death tolls rise, aid convoys and journalists continue to trickle into the country.

Wounded and dead civilians have been reported in the cities of Al Baida and Bengasi, Libya. Image by Palmina C Appussi, copyright Demotix (19/02/11).

Wounded and dead civilians have been reported in the cities of Al Baida and Bengasi, Libya. Image by Palmina C Appussi, copyright Demotix (19/02/11).

Here is a round up from Twitter on the evacuations, on the one hand, and humanitarian relief aid and journalists slowly seeping through:

@miguelmarquez: Maria Dolores ferry has finally left Libyan port with 167 Americans and 118 other nationalities aboard. Next stop Valletta

@aratweets: After being stranded since Wednesday, the ferry Maria Dolores has left #Tripoli bound for #Malta… My friend is among the evacuees. #Libya

@SimonKSayz: Well whatever it takes I say. »»»Libya officials bribed by Britain to help evacuate UK citizens

@thomaslydon: @britishabroad Can you confirm that US ferry Maria Dolores carrying 42 British nationals has left Tripoli? #Libya

@sunnycoyelkar: The Indian government says it will operate two flights a day out of Libya for the next 10 days to evacuate its nationals……..HOPE.RELIEF.

@naveenks: Sri Lanka seeks India’s help in evacuating some of 1200 of its citizens staying across Libya @acorn

@Refugees: Over 22K ppl crosed to #Tunisia from #Libya since Mon. Majority Tunisians. Moving accts Tunisians offering help, hospitality + expertise

@allawati: Landed in Alex. Burg al Arab airport has hundreds of Tunisians fleeing Libya. They drove east from Benghazi to fly west to Tunisia

@matchbox20: #Qaddafi #Libyan Police is blackmailing #egyptians & #Tunisians at #Tripoli airport to let them go otherwise they will arrest them #Libya

@Heyett: #Libya. Tunisians are collecting medical supplies and food today in order to help Libyan people.

@OnlyOneLibya: Reports of AMAZING generosity from Tunisians near the Libyan border to help their Libyan brothers/sisters. Thank you!! #Tunisia #Libya

@SallyShafi: Surgical Medical equipment needed for #Libya drop off for convoy at mustafa mahmoud square in mohandessen.

@tel4rent: Finnish Red Cross team heads for Libya: Three Finnish Red Cross medical workers departed for… #charity #tel4rent

@hadeelalsh: expecting the same in Tripoli ” @bencnn Storeowners in Benghazi refusing to take money from journalists. Just happy to have us here. #Libya

@IHHen: IHH teams entered #Libya via #Egypt with 35 medical doctors and humanitarian aid to help both locals and turists

@Dima_Khatib: The regime is not letting foreign journalists in Tripoli cover the demos and the crackdown on protesters #Libya #feb17

@alexialia: WarZone now at the port of #Benghazi, #Libya. “Hugged by the people who are thanking journalists for their coverage”

@maqam: Sources on the ground in #Libya: Massive clean-up in #Tripoli now by pro #Gaddafi forces ahead of visit by foreign journalists. #Feb17

@pressfreedom: In #Libya, Saif al-Islam says country open to int'l journalists. Then he attacks Arab media. #Feb17

@lucyproctor: bored of reading journalists/eds blowing trumpets about getting into Libya – just tell us what's happening, getting in is your job

@nazaninemoshiri: #Libya #Tunisia: Back on the border ar Ras Jedir. Still no access for Journalists.

@yassayari: #Libya: #Cleric issues fatwa against watching TV channels like #AlJazeera. #feb17

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