UN humanitarian office condemns attacks on ambulances, medics in Tripoli

Tripoli fighting has been raging on since April 04, 2019. [Photo: Internet]

The UN Office for Humanitarian Response in Libya said the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate as a direct result of the armed conflict in and around Tripoli.

“135 civilian casualties, including 31 fatalities, have now been confirmed since the beginning of clashes.” It said on Friday.

It added that health personnel and facilities continue to be impacted by the armed conflict, in violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) adding that two health workers were killed and three others injured on 23 May when two clearly-marked armoured ambulance vehicles were struck in the Triq Al Matar area of Tripoli.

“One ambulance was struck, immediately killing a doctor on board. A second ambulance, dispatched to recover casualties from the first attach, was subsequently also struck by shelling, killing one paramedic and injuring two others and a doctor on board.” It explained .

The office indicated that 6 health workers have been killed, 7 health workers have been injured, 14 ambulances have been impacted and 2 health facilities have been impacted/evacuated as a result of armed conflict.

The UN humanitarian office added that these incidents further hamper the ability of already overstretched health services to provide vital assistance to civilians, including those injured as a result of armed conflict.

“IHL obligates all parties to take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects, including medical personnel and assets.” Deliberate attacks on clearly marked medical transports constitute war crimes under IHL.” It remarked.

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