UN concern over violence against Libya health workers

UN concern over violence against Libya health workers

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United Nations, Jan 11: The United Nations has expressed deep concern over continued violence against health workers in Libya.

"I want to state that we are deeply concerned by the deaths of two more health workers yesterday, who were killed by shelling in al-Washka, about 137 km west of the city of Sirte. Five support staff were also injured in the incident," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

At least 61 attacks impacting field hospitals, health care workers, ambulances and medical supplies were recorded in 2019. At least 75 people were killed in those incidents and 52 others injured, he told a daily press briefing.

Humanitarians continue to call on all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. Medical facilities, medical personnel and medical transport must be respected and protected at all times, he said. (UNI)