Published: June 09, 2019
Int’l, Local Discontent With Targeting Field Hospitals in Tripoli
Ambulances, paramedics, and security officers at the scene of an attack outside the Libyan foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Tripoli. AFP
Cairo- Jamal Jawhar
The World Health Organization (WHO) office in Libya condemned the bombing of field hospitals by clashing parties during the ongoing battle since the 4th of April in the south of Tripoli between the Libyan National Army and forces of the National Accord Government.
The WHO condemned the attacks on two field hospitals in Al-Swani area and Ein Zara.
"The shelling of the field hospital in Al-Swani area resulted in the injury of a doctor and two paramedics," WHO confirmed in a statement on Twitter. Yet, no information was released regarding the amount of damage caused to Ein Zara hospital.
It stressed that the armed conflict is threatening the health care system in Tripoli, renewing its call that medical personnel should not be targeted by military attacks.
In the same context, the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) denounced targeting the two field hospitals, saying that medical field personnel have become a direct target to armed conflicts.
The NHRC called on the International Criminal Court and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an independent investigation into all crimes committed against civilians and staff in the medical and health sector.
The NHRC has also called on all armed conflict parties to respect the humanitarian work mission of ambulance and emergency teams, reiterating that all parties should comply with their legal and humanitarian obligations and avoid any dangerous violations against civilians including not targeting residential areas or taking shelter there.