The World Health Organization today condemned the attack on an ambulance in Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday 8 May that left 3 health workers injured, one severely.
“This attack on an ambulance with visible logos is a shocking and intolerable violation of international humanitarian law,” said Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative in Libya.
“Not only did this attack injure key personnel, but the ambulance itself was taken away, thereby depriving patients of future care.”
“This flagrant breach of the basic rules of warfare could jeopardize the operations of field hospitals and ambulance teams, and deter dedicated health staff from performing their life-saving duties,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
“WHO cannot accept any actions that put health workers in harm’s way. Health staff in Libya are working to save lives and must be allowed to work without additional risk to their safety or well-being.”