UNSMIL: Attacks on Al-Khadra Hospital are shocking and violate IHL

UNSMIL: Attacks on Al-Khadra Hospital are shocking and violate IHL

April 07, 2020 - 20:21
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya Yacoub El Hillo has described the attacks on Al-Khadra Hospital in Tripoli, which were carried out by Khalifa Haftar's forces, as shocking and a violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

El Hillo said he was appalled by the violent and unjustifiable shelling on Al-Khadra Hospital in Tripoli, injuring one of the workers and damaging public facilities.

"At a moment when people in Libya needed nothing more than a safe home and functioning medical facilities, we received the news of yet another attack on the hospital." He added, saying such attacks violate the international humanitarian law.

"The repeated calls by the United Nations and the international community for a cessation of hostilities have only been met with complete disregard and intensified fighting. This is unacceptable at a time when healthcare and health workers are vital in our fight against a global pandemic." He added in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that the 400-bed Al-Khadra Hospital was one of the potential COVID-19 assigned health facilities.

"As of March 2020, a total of 27 health facilities have been damaged to varying degrees due to proximity of clashes, including 14 health facilities that have been closed and another 23 which are at risk of closure due to shifting lines of conflict." El Hillo indicated.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health called on local and international parties to help put an end to the repeated shelling on Tripoli's civilian neighborhoods and health facilities such as Al-Khadra Hospital, which suffered damages and had to evacuate patients, including COVID-19 cases.

 

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