An air strike that took place on July 27 has killed five doctors in a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya's capital Tripoli, an official from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) says.
A warplane, either manned or a drone belonging to Khalifa Haftar, the rogue general who commands the Libyan National Army, carried out the attack, Lamine al-Hashem the health ministry spokesman added. He further added that Saturday's bombing also wounded seven people, including some rescuers, and that it was a direct hit against the field hospital which was packed with medical teams.
Reports citing, hospital spokesman Malek Merset, the facility provides medical assistance to forces allied to the GNA. Medical workers reportedly stated that the guided rocket that hit the facility it was most probably launched from a drone. Has been widely recorded that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been providing the LNA forces with drones and additional military equipment, even though Emirati authorities have reputedly denied these accusations.
The attack was the third to target a hospital in the capital's south. On July 16, three doctors and a paramedic were wounded in an air attack on Swani Hospital near the capital, the second time it was targeted. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and rights groups have repeatedly called on both sides in the conflict to spare medical personnel, clinics and hospitals.