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Refugees wait to board buses near the Libyan border on Saturday. Thousands, many of them guest workers from Egypt and Tunisia, have crossed into Tunisia in the last few days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Refugees crowd onto a bus in Tunisia as they flee the violence in Libya.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man tries to secure a seat on a bus headed into Tunisia by climbing in through a window, one of several who did so as they sought to flee the growing violence in Libya.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

People gathered on the Tunisian side of the border with Libya wave a pre-Kadafi flag from Libya as they protest his long rule over the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Wind-blown dust envelopes refugees at the Ras Ajdir border crossing into Tunisia from Libya on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A misplaced photograph rests in the dirt near the border crossing between Libya and Tunisia on Saturday afternoon. Most people crossing the border fled with no more than a suitcase of personal belongings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Refugees wait with their bags amid the barren landscape near the Ras Ajdir border crossing into Tunisia from Libya. Buses are constantly streaming to the border to try to handle the growing flow of refugees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Guest workers seeking to flee Libya crowd toward the gangway of one of three ships evacuating foreigners at the port of Benghazi on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Guest workers line up waiting to be evacuated by ship from the port of Benghazi on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Guest workers wait to be evacuated by ship from the port of Benghazi on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A man carries his baggage aboard a ship as others wait to leave Libya on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Chinese nationals who had been working in Libya look down from the railing a ship as it prepares to depart the port of Benghazi on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A volunteer guards a helicopter at an air base in Benghazi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan revolutionaries stacked and burned vehicles of the hated secret police at a base in Benghazi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A group of men pray at the graves of people who were killed in the recent violence surrounding the ouster of Moammar Kadafi's military and police forces from Benghazi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan youths hold revolutionary flags against the breeze blowing ashore on the waterfront in Benghazi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Facing grim prospects for education and employment, Libya's youths have led the effort to end the 42-year reign of dictator Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Artwork that mocks Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi are posted on a booth along the Benghazi waterfront.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A tapestry with the likeness of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi serves as a door mat at an airbase in Benghazi. Despite the liberation of most of eastern Libya, Kadafi defiantly clung to power from his stronghold in the capital of Tripoli on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan youths wave revolutionary flags as dusk settles Saturday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Residents mill around the burned and ransacked internal security building late Saturday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Thousands of foreigners continued their exodus from Libya as Moammar Kadafi reportedly deployed mercenaries to quell protests in Tripoli. To the east, guest workers stood in line for hours to board three ships as they evacuated the port city of Benghazi, currently under the control of anti-government protesters. In the Tunisian border town of Ras Ajdir, refugees flooded the barren landscape as they jostled for space on buses ferrying evacuees from Libya.

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