Monday, 16 December, 2019

JUST IN: Airstrike on Libya hospital kills five doctors


An airstrike has killed five doctors in a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli.

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According to an official from the UN-backed government, a warplane belonging to Khalifa Hafta, the rogue general who commands the Libyan National Army, carried out the attack, the health ministry spokesman added.

Libya has been roiled in conflict since the fall of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.  Fighting between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and Mr Haftar’s LNA, has claimed 1,100 lives since April, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The fighting has remained deadlocked on the outskirts of the capital, with both sides resorting to airstrikes. Saturday’s bombing also wounded seven people, including some rescuers. It was a direct hit against the field hospital which was packed with medical teams’ Lamine al-Hashem, the spokesman from the health ministry, said.

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