May 14, 2020 13:32 UTC
  • Libya rebels attack Tripoli’s main hospital

Libyan rebels supporting Gen. Khalifa Haftar have struck the main hospital of the capital, Tripoli, the Libyan army says.

According to a statement carried by Turkey’s state Anadolu news agency, the Libyan Army said that the rebels launched a rocket attack on Tripoli Central Hospital and some civilian settlements on Thursday morning.

Libya’s Health Ministry said in a separate statement that at least 14 civilians had been wounded in the attack, warning that the hospital would not be able to offer services due to the attack.

The ministry said that posed a major threat to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, which as of Thursday had infected 64 people and claimed the lives of three others in Libya.

The rebels, however, denied attacking the hospital.

According to the United Nations (UN), seven health centers in Libya have been struck a dozen times since the beginning of this year.