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Libya: Humanitarian Coordinator condemns increasing attacks on civilians

09 Oct 2019

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A maternity ward in Al Jalaa public hospital in Tripoli, Libya. Even before the military escalation in April 2019, Libya’s health system was underresourced and overstretched. Credit: OCHA/Eve Sabbagh

The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Yacoub El Hillo, has condemned continued attacks on civilians in Libya and called for respect of international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians.

An airstrike on 7 October hit a field hospital in the Gaser Ben Gasher neighbourhood of Tripoli, killing one doctor and injuring two paramedics. On 8 October, air strikes injured several children at an equestrian club in the Janzour neighbourhood of the capital city.

Attacks against medical facilities and health workers have been a growing phenomenon in the Libya conflict. There have been 57 attacks on health-care facilities to date in 2019, resulting in the death of 13 health-care workers and injury of 47 others.

The Humanitarian Coordinator has urged international parties with influence in Libya to ensure respect for international humanitarian law and to do everything possible to protect civilians, especially children. “The people of Libya deserve to live in peace and have a better future. Respecting international humanitarian law would be a start,” he said.