By Libya Herald staff.
Tunis, 11 December 2017:
Authorities in Benghazi have called on Saiqa Special Forces chief Wanis Bukhamada to provide added security for Al-Jalaa hospital and other medical facilities.
Dr Khalid Al-Jazawi, chairman of Benghazi’s Central Security Council, said medical staff had come under increasing harassment from “illegal groups” who often crowded Al-Jalaa’s corridors.
On Saturday, an armed man known for bothering staff attacked two nurses. Some medical staff have now threatened to strike unless security is improved.
Yesterday, UN envoy Ghassan Salamé said some 14 health facilities were attacked in 2017 endangering doctors, patients and the frail healthcare system.
Libyan National Army Chief of Staff Major-General Abdul Razzaq Al-Nazhuri recently said he would strike with an “iron hand” on organised crime, including kidnappings and armed robberies.
Similarly, Bukhamada said two weeks ago swore he would clamp down on anyone illegally arresting and detaining people.