The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the killing of two doctors in the Libyan conflict. According to the WHO, the doctors had been providing critically needed services to civilians in Tripoli.
The latest fatalities come as WHO figures show that there have been more than 46 attacks on health workers and facilities throughout 2018-2019 across Libya. These attacks have led to the deaths of eight health workers and patients.
Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean said it is 'unacceptable' for health workers to be targeted during armed conflict. “Parties in such conflict must respect international humanitarian law and ensure that health workers and facilities are safe. These doctors risked their lives to evacuate wounded patients from conflict areas and targeting them and health facilities at such times worsens the situation for civilians caught up in conflict,” Dr Al Mandhari said.
The WHO Regional Director called on all parties to respect international commitments and ensure that health workers are able to perform their life-saving work. “Such attacks on health facilities deprive thousands of people of essential healthcare,” added Dr Al-Mandhari.