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Algeria: '10,000' Tunisians have crossed over border since Ben Ali's fall

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Algiers, 15 Feb. (AKI) - Ten thousand Tunisians have crossed over into neighbouring Algeria since protests prompted long-time president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee the north African country, according to Algerian newspaper En-Nahar.

A flood of Tunisians have arrived along the border with Algeria waving Algerian flags and asking permission to stay in the country, the Tuesday report said.

One border alone crossing has recorded 6,000 crossings since Ben Ali's fall on 14 January.

Entire Tunisian families have arrived declaring the fraternal link between the two countries, according to En-Nahar.

Thousands of Tunisians have also arrived by boat to the Italian island of Lampedusa prompted Italy to declare a humanitarian state of emergency and ask the European Union for 100 million euros in aid to bring the situation under control.

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