Airstrike targets field hospital in southern Tripoli

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-08 11:39:29|Editor: Liu
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TRIPOLI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- An airstrike on Monday killed a doctor and injured two paramedics working in a field hospital in the south of Tripoli, which has been witnessing a deadly armed conflict between the east-based rebel army and the UN-backed government based in the capital.

"Dr. Samer Sulaiman al-Sibai was killed and two paramedics of the field hospital of al-Zahra were wounded," the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The statement condemned the airstrike, describing it as "unjustified and brutal attack on the field hospital and its medical staff."

"Health workers, hospitals and paramedics in Libya are not a military target and not a party to armed conflicts," the statement said.

The UN-backed government accused the rival east-based army of the airstrike.

Medical workers had been attacked previously in Tripoli, despite warnings by the World Health Organization against attacking medical workers and hospitals.

The rebel army has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli, home to nearly 2 million people, from the government.

The fighting has claimed thousands of lives and injured many others, and also displaced nearly 120,000 people.