By Libya Herald staff.
Tunis, 27 June 2015:
The Libyan Consul-General in Tunisia, Abdurazzak Abusnina, has denied media reports that he said . . .[restrict]that the number of Libyans residing and visiting Tunisia did not exceed 100,000. “I was extremely surprised when I read them,” he told the Libya Herald.
He was quoted in a number of Libyan media outlets not only saying that there were 100,000 or less but also that there was only one flight a week between Tunis and Labraq airports.
He stated that he had had a “private conversation” two months ago with an unnamed individual about the number of Libyans in Tunisia and flights between the Tunis and Labraq. He said he had told the person that there were a couple of hundred thousand Libyans registered with the embassy in Tunis. Additionally, ”I told him there were up to three flights daily” one by Libyan Airlines, the other two by Afriqiyah Airways.
Tunisian officials have said that there are more than a million Libyans in the country at present. Some go as high as a million and a half. Most of those are thought not to have registered because their aim has not been to stay long-term. [/restrict]