UNSMIL voices concern over attacks on Tripoli and civilian casualties

UNSMIL voices concern over attacks on Tripoli and civilian casualties

April 21, 2020 - 20:39
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has expressed concern over rocket attacks on civilians in Tripoli as well as the deterioration of humanitarian situation in the capital and surrounding areas.

"UNSMIL is extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Tripoli and its surroundings as a result of the intensification of fighting in the past few days. At least 28 civilians were injured and five killed, including women and children, due to the dramatic increase of indiscriminate shelling on civilian-populated areas, including Ain Zara, Al-Swani, Tareeq al Shook, Souq Al-Juma,, Al-Krimya, Al-Furnaj and Arada." UNSMIL said in a statement on Tuesday.

It added that those attacks also resulted in renewed displacement and damage to civilian properties and infrastructure.

"On 17 April, the Royal Hospital in Tripoli was also hit, resulting in extensive damage to the intensive care unit and the evacuation of staff and patients." The statement reads.

UNSMIL said it was also alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Tarhouna, due to the military escalation in and around the city, resulting in the fresh displacement of civilians.

It reminded all parties to the conflict that indiscriminate attacks, as well as the targeting of hospitals and other medical facilities, and intentionally cutting off electricity, fuel, water or food supplies are violations of international humanitarian law and could, depending on the circumstances, amount to war crimes.

"Attacks that damage or otherwise affect the regular functioning of healthcare facilities are even more deplorable in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, given that the country's health system is already over-stretched and under-resourced." UNSMIL indicated.