Egypt army opens camps, hospitals on Libya border

CAIRO Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:51pm EST

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army has set up two field hospitals and also camps to receive Egyptians on the border with Libya, the army said on a website on Monday, after increasingly bloody battles between Libyan security forces and protests. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was under increasing pressure to hang on to power on Monday when anti-government protests against his 41-year rule struck the capital Tripoli after days of violence in the east.

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in a message on its Facebook page, said it would send planes to Libya to evacuate Egyptians wanting to return to Egypt once the situation stabilized.

It said the field hospitals had been set up near the Salum border crossing.

(Writing by Edmund Blair)

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