Hospitals close as Libya conflict rages
Two health facilities in Benghazi have been attacked in recent days including the Ear, Nose and Throat and Urological Centre, whose roof had been reconstructed in 2014 following damages sustained during the 2011 conflict.
The centre has a capacity for 300 in-patients, and more than 470 people were in the center at the time of the recent attack.
Due to damages as a result of the attack, the operating theaters are now non-functional, and patients have been relocated to nearby health facilities.
Another facility Benghazi Medical Centre was extensively damaged when a car exploded in the north parking area.
No casualties were reported.
Some three weeks ago, the centre had sustained extensive damage to its infrastructure following multiple attacks.
The center, which has 1 100 beds, serves a population of half a million people in Benghazi and is the only facility offering tertiary health care services in Benghazi.
Such attacks on health facilities in Libya are increasing in both frequency and scale.
World Health Organization condemned the attacks.
“This is unacceptable,” said a spokesperson.
It is estimated that nearly 60 percent of public hospitals in conflict areas in Libya have shut down or are inaccessible.
– CAJ News
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