Field hospital hit in air strike


Five doctors died and at least eight medical personnel were injured late in an air strike on a field hospital run by the internationally recognised Tripoli government, a hospital spokesman said.

Libya has been riven by violence since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The eastern Libyan National Army under Khalifa Haftar is trying to take Tripoli from forces allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), but the LNA offensive has bogged down on the capital’s outskirts.

The Tripoli government released a statement condemning the incident and accused Haftar’s LNA forces of perpetrating the strike. LNA forces were not immediately available for comment.

The hospital provides medical assistance to forces allied to the GNA, hospital spokesman Malek Merset told Reuters.