UN condemns attack on NOC clinic in Tripoli

Stephanie Williams, deputy special representative of the U.N. secretary general for political affairs in Libya, condemned the May 24 attack on a clinic affiliated to the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli.

Williams made her remarks during a Monday meeting with the NOC Chairperson Mostafa Sanalla in Tripoli, according to the U.N. mission to Libya.

She expressed her relief as the incident did not result in casualties; however, targeting of civilian infrastructure and medical facilities is a war crime, she stressed.

Earlier, the NOC said the clinic fire was caused by direct shelling of the facility, according to an investigation conducted by an internal security agency.

The NOC condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the incident and called for an international investigation and prosecutions following this breach of international humanitarian law.

“The targeting of such a facility is a heinous act. Attacks on civilian infrastructure as well as the oil sector have unfortunately become an everyday occurrence. Only through God’s grace were patients and staff spared. A ceasefire must be called to put an end to this senseless violence,” Sanalla said.

The east-based Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been waging an aggression since April 4 to take over Tripoli from the U.N.-backed government.

The U.N. mission has called repeatedly for ceasefire, stressing the urgent need for dialogue between the conflicting parties.

The World Health Organization said the fighting so far has killed over 500 people, injured thousands, and displaced over 75,000 civilians.


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