UN warns of assaulting Tripoli’s schools, hospitals amid fighting

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday warned conflicting Libyan parties in Tripoli of assaulting schools, hospitals, ambulances, or civilian areas during the military operations in the capital.

UNSMIL emphasized that under the International humanitarian law, conflicting parties must respect medical units, civil establishments, transports, hospital zones, places where wounded and sick civilian or military are sheltered, the emblems of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, and national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, which are protective signs as such, as well as medical personnel.

“The mission is monitoring and documenting all acts of war that violate this law in order to brief the Security Council and the International Criminal Court,” UNSMIL said.

Meanwhile, Dutch ambassador to Libya Lars Tummers, praised the commitment of volunteers to non-governmental humanitarian organizations and emergency teams in Tripoli.

He referred to their work and sensitive humanitarian role during the critical security phase in the capital, and described these workers as “real heroes.”


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