An air attack by forces loyal to exile military commander Khalifa Haftar close to the Libyan capital killed 5 doctors, the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) stated on Sunday.
“The field hospital situated on the airport road [southern Tripoli] was hit by an air raid,” stated health ministry spokesperson Lamine al-Hashemi.
“Five doctors have been killed and seven different folks, including rescuers, [were] wounded” in Saturday’s attack that al-Hashemi mentioned was carried out by “a Haftar warplane”.
The overall, whose Libyan National Army enjoys the backing of France, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Russia, launched an offensive in early April to grab control of Tripoli.
Pro-GNA forces weathered the preliminary onslaught and since then fighting has remained deadlocked on the outskirts of the capital, with each side resorting to air attacks in current days.
No quick confirmation or denial of duty from Haftar’s forces was made.
“Since the beginning of Haftar’s campaign in April, medical services, including field hospitals and ambulances, have been vulnerable,” stated Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from the blast site close to Tripoli.
“Medical staff confirmed us the remains of the guided rocket that hit the facility. They are saying that it was likely launched from a drone. We understand that Emirati drones have been supporting Haftar’s forces since the beginning of the fighting.”