By Hadi Fornaji.
Tunis, 24 June 2016:
Attacks on medical facilities in Benghazi have been condemned by the acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator and WHO Representative for Libya, Syed Jaffar Hussain.
Speaking before this evening’s attack on the city’s Jalaa Hospital which killed five people and wounded 13, he said that these put access to heath care in danger for everyone.
He called on all parties to refrain from targeting medical facilities and to take all feasible precautions to prevent casualties among patients and staff.
“I am appalled by such attacks that further endanger the patients and medical personnel in the act of delivering medical and humanitarian assistance” – Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain said. “I strongly urge all parties fully comply with their obligations under international law, including international human rights law”.
The chances of the militants heeding his call are nil. The so-called Islamic State and Ansar Al-Sharia are ideologically opposed to international law. Nor do they care about the provision of medical or any other services to the public.