Three health workers have been injured, one severely, following an attack on an ambulance in Tripoli, Libya.
The attack happened on Wednesday, May 8, and follows a number of recent attacks on health workers in Libya since the conflict escalated there in recent weeks. Last month, three health workers were killed in Tripoli, and a number of first-line responders struggled to reach the wounded without being injured themselves.
The attack has been condemned by the World Health Organization (WHO) with Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative in Libya, saying the attack on an ambulance with visible logos is a "shocking and intolerable violation of international humanitarian law", adding “not only did this attack injure key personnel, but the ambulance itself was taken away, thereby depriving patients of future care”.
Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean said the “flagrant breach of the basic rules of warfare could jeopardise the operations of field hospitals and ambulance teams, and deter dedicated health staff from performing their life-saving duties.” He added: "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.”