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UN officials condemn targeting Benghazi medical facilities

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LIBYAPROSPECT – London

The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and WHO Representative in Libya, Syed Jaffar Hussain, expressed his deep concern after multiple attacks on medical facilities in Benghazi and urged all parties to refrain from targeting medical facilities and take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among their patients and personnel.

“I am appalled by such attacks that further endanger the patients and medical personnel in the act of delivering medical and humanitarian assistance,” Jaffar said. “I strongly urge all parties fully comply with their obligations under international law, including international human rights standards,” he added.

The recent attacks hit the Ear and Throat Hospital, Urological Center in Benghazi, and Benghazi Medical Center and Al-jalaa Hospital. These hospitals were given support earlier by WHO providing medical supplies during 2015.

The Information Office of Al-jalaa Hospital announced on Friday night that four were killed, and 14 were wounded after a car bomb exploded in front of the hospital door, the third bombing in a row in the past days.

The UN special envoy to Libya has expressed his condemnation to the incidents saying that he ”joins the UN acting Humanitarian Coordinator in strongly condemning the targeting of medical facilities in Benghazi”.