Angelina Jolie's Visit to Tunisia Incites Near-Riot

Celebrity News Apr. 5, 2011 AT 12:45PM
Angelina Jolie's Visit to Tunisia Incites Near-Riot Credit: Jason Tanner/UNHCR via Getty Images

Angelina Jolie unwittingly caused some havoc in Tunisia near Libya’s border on Tuesday.

During a humanitarian visit to the region, the star, 35, riled up a crowd of refugees, according to a report at X17online

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A photographer tells the site: "The people were beyond excited to see her. There were thousands of refugees screaming her name and chanting. The crowd was closing in on her and her security detail; it was intense." See more photos of Angelina in Tunisia.

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For safety reasons, Jolie was forced to cancel half of her visit, which included plans to visit a Moroccan hospital. 

Before that commotion, the actress, mom and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador spoke with refugees who had recently fled the fighting in Libya. Tunisia has received more  than half of the outflow from the war-torn African country. 

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Despite the upset, Jolie didn't lose sight of her mission. "The international community has done well to reinforce Tunisia's remarkable relief effort," she said in a statement excerpted by the U.N.'s official website. "But with 2,000 people still crossing each day, we cannot let the funding dry up and we need to sustain the momentum."

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, established by Jolie and longtime love Brad Pitt in 2006, covered the costs for a flight of 177 people to return to their countries of origin-- and purchased an ambulance to help support Tunisian efforts on the border to assist the injured arriving from Libya.

As Jolie jetted out of LAX on Sunday for her humanitarian work, Pitt, 47, took the couple's four oldest children to an extra-early Easter egg hunt in Los Angeles. 

 

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