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Libya: Air strike on hospital kills five doctors

Five doctors are reported to have died in an air strike on a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli.

An official from the UN-backed government has confirmed the incident, adding that it was carried out by a warplane belonging to Khalifa Hafta.

Hafta is a former officer in Muammar Gaddafi’s army who wants to topple the internationally recognized government in Tripoli.

AFP reports that the attack was carried out on Saturday. It is the third of such attacks on a hospital in the area.

Lamine al-Hashem, the spokesman from the health ministry is quoted as saying that the bombing “was a direct hit against the field hospital which was packed with medical teams.”

Seven others also sustained injuries in the attack, according to health ministry officials.

The battle over Tripoli started in April this year has also led to the displacement of millions with thousands sustaining injuries.

Libya has been in turmoil since the overthrow of longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country is ruled by factions.

Eastern Libyan forces have been marching towards the centre of Tripoli for months now seeking to take control of the city.


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