Libyan government accuses east-based army of targeting pharmacies in southern Tripoli

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Damage is seen in a ward of a hospital hit by missiles in Tripoli, Libya, April 6, 2020. The Ministry of Health of the UN-backed Libyan government on Monday accused the rival east-based army of attacking a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Tripoli, as the armed conflict between the UN-backed government and the east-based army continues. On April 4, 2019, the east-based army launched a military campaign in and around Tripoli in an attempt to take over the capital city and topple the UN-backed government. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua)
Damage is seen in a ward of a hospital hit by missiles in Tripoli, Libya, April 6, 2020. The Ministry of Health of the UN-backed Libyan government on Monday accused the rival east-based army of attacking a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Tripoli, as the armed conflict between the UN-backed government and the east-based army continues. On April 4, 2019, the east-based army launched a military campaign in and around Tripoli in an attempt to take over the capital city and topple the UN-backed government. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Xinhua)

Libya’s UN-backed government forces said Saturday that the rival east-based army targeted pharmacies in southern Tripoli two days after attacking a hospital for COVID-19 patients in the capital.

The east-based army launched an attack with Grad missiles on medicines stores in Al-Swani district in southern Tripoli, two days after targeting medicines stores of Al-Khadra General Hospital, the government forces said in a statement.

The Al-Khadra General Hospital was shelled on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday respectively, forcing the hospital authorities to evacuate all the patients and close the hospital until Friday.

United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Yacoub El Hillo condemned the attacks on the hospital, saying it is a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

Meanwhile, the east-based army said that a drone belonging to the government forces had attacked an ambulance in southwestern Libya, killing two people and injuring another.

On April 4, 2019, the east-based army launched a military campaign in and around Tripoli in an attempt to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has documented at least 356 civilian deaths and 329 injuries since the outbreak of the armed conflict.

Nearly 150,000 people in and around Tripoli have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of the conflict, and 345,000 civilians remain in frontline areas, while an estimated 749,000 others live in areas affected by the clashes, according to the UNSMIL. Enditem

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