UNSMIL condemns airstrike on field hospital in southern Tripoli

UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame. [Photo: UNSMIL]
The UN  envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame condemned in the strongest terms “the clear pattern of ruthless attacks against health workers and facilities.

“Intentionally targeting health workers and health facilities and ambulances is a war crime, and when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian population, may constitute a crime against humanity,” Salame reiterated.

He added  that the UNSMIL will not stand idly by and watch doctors and paramedics targeted daily while risking their lives to save others.

“We will spare no efforts to ensure that those responsible will face justice,” he added.

This deploring statement came after an airstrike by Khalifa Haftar’s forces using UAE drone on a field hospital in Al-Aziziya in southern Tripoli, injuring six people.

“Since the beginning of the offensive on Tripoli in early April, more than 37 attacks have been registered against health workers and facilities, including hospitals, field hospitals and civilian and military ambulances. These deplorable attacks which impacted at least 19 ambulances and 19 hospitals, have resulted in 11 deaths, and injuries to more than 33 persons, although the actual number may be significantly higher.” UNSMIL said in a statement on Thursday.

International humanitarian law strictly prohibits attacks against hospitals and other medical facilities, medical personnel and medical transport, UNSMIL said.

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