WHO condemns attack on doctors in Libya

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemned the attack on an ambulance that occurred on May 8, as a result of which three workers were injured, according to the organization’s website.

It clarifies that one of the employees was seriously injured.

“This attack on an ambulance with visible emblems is a shocking and unacceptable violation of international humanitarian law,” said Jafar Hussein, head of the WHO Libyan mission in Libya.

He also added that as a result of this attack “key workers” were injured, and the attackers “took away the ambulance, thereby depriving patients of care in the future.”

The Director of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed Al-Mandhari, said that “this flagrant violation of the basic rules of engagement may endanger the work of field hospitals and brigades with aid bark,” the report adds.

He also stressed that WHO “cannot take any action detrimental to health workers” and added that staff “should be able to work without additional risk to their safety or well-being.”

The organization also noted that since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict in Libya in April, 11 ambulances had been hit.

The commander of the eastern Libyan national army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, on April 4 ordered his forces to launch an offensive on Tripoli to “liberate themselves from terrorists.”

Armed units loyal to the government in Tripoli announced the start of the response operation “Vulcan of Wrath”. In recent days, the LNA Air Force conducted several shelling of positions and weapons caches of armed formations in different parts of Tripoli.

After the overthrow and murder of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Now dual power reigns in the country. The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the government of national consensus headed by Fayez Sarraj rules with the support of the UN and the European Union. The authorities in the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army.

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