İrem UZUN -TDO- At least 14 people have been injured in attacks on a hospital and residential areas in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday. Government of National Accord (GNA), which is recognized by the United Nations, blamed Haftar forces for the attacks. Some children were also injured in attacks.
According to the GNA’s statement, the attack targeted the dermatology department at the Tripoli Central Hospital, and some houses in the area were also damaged because of the fire caused by missiles launched by Haftar's forces. The militias have denied being responsible for the attack, Anadolu Agency reports.
The Ministry of Health said on Thursday that the hospital will not be able to serve people because it was severely damaged due to the attack. It concerns both the government and the people because it poses a major threat in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the UN called on rival parties to stop fighting to enable authorities and NGOs to focus on contain the spread of the coronavirus. As of Thursday, there are 64 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths in different parts of the country.
International Rescue Committee (IRC), a U.S.- based humanitarian organization, issued a statement on Thursday, saying Libya’s fight against COVID-19 is under a huge risk after two hospital attacks. “There is no doubt that it is civilians who are paying the highest price of this conflict... To successfully fight this pandemic, we need an immediate ceasefire,” a statement said.