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WHO warns against repeated attacks on health facilities

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday of the repeated attacks on Libyan health facilities.

The WHO said more than 41 attacks have been carried out against medical workers in 2018 and 2019, where six health workers were killed and 35 others were injured.

“WHO once again demands that all parties in the conflict respect the safety of health workers, health facilities and medical supplies, and the overall sanctity of health care,” said Jaffar Hussein, representative and head of the WHO mission in Libya.

Hussein added that the attacks have put many lives in danger and deprived the most vulnerable, including children and pregnant women, of their right to health services, just at the time when they need them most.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya also condemned in November frequent attacks on health facilities and medical workers in Libya.

It called on Libyan authorities to prevent such attacks, investigate them when they happen, and prosecute perpetrators when appropriate.

In early November, unidentified gunmen attacked the Specialized Surgery Center in Benghazi, injuring five and stealing equipment and personal belongings of the staff.

During the war in Libya, medical facilities have been subjected to shelling and bombing, attacks, intimidation of staff, looting of medicines, equipment and ambulances, and clashes inside hospitals by armed groups.

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