Red Cross warns humanitarian situation in Libya sharply deteriorating

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned that the humanitarian situation has sharply deteriorated around the Libyan capital Tripoli, where “densely populated residential areas are gradually turning into battlefields”.

Hospitals are struggling from chronic shortages of medical supplies amid power outages and weakened water pumping stations, the aid agency said in a statement after three weeks of clashes.

“It is crucial that hospitals, medical facilities, health staff and vehicles transporting the wounded are allowed to carry out their activities safely,” it said.

In the meantime, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said that a political settlement is the only solution to the Libyan crisis.

In a speech before a Moscow conference on international security Lavrov said that there is a need to put an end to the ongoing internal conflict in Libya.

He added that several parties are taking advantage of the continuing domestic conflict in the country to implement their agendas, emphasizing there is no alternative to a political settlement through a national dialogue that includes all ethnic, religious and political parties.


Via Libya Observer/Reuters/ ICRC



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