News / Africa

Red Cross: Hospital in Sirte Overwhelmed

Libyan revolutionary fighters transport an injured man to a field hospital outside Sirte, Libya, September 30, 2011.
Libyan revolutionary fighters transport an injured man to a field hospital outside Sirte, Libya, September 30, 2011.
Lisa Schlein

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports conditions in the Libyan town of Sirte are deteriorating as the fighting intensifies for control of the birthplace of Libya's former leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown. The ICRC completed a third visit Thursday to assess the medical situation.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says one of its teams took advantage of a lull in the fighting in Sirte to evacuate three wounded people from Ibn Sina Hospital. The evacuees, including a nine-year-old girl, were moved to a field hospital on the other side of the front lines.

Red Cross spokesman Steven Anderson says the team found the hospital was overwhelmed with wounded people.  Because of the fighting in the area, he says, most patients have been moved from wards to the corridors, where it is safer.

"There are few doctors left in the hospital," said Anderson.  "People from the area actually have moved into the hospital as well, so it is a very delicate situation in the hospital.  Medical supplies are still needed.  We did provide a number of medical supplies in the past days, but more is needed, including fuel as well for the generator that enables electricity to function in the hospital.  Otherwise, there is no electricity in the town.  And there is also probably a need to evacuate more wounded people from the hospital."  

The Red Cross reports about 20,000 people have fled Sirte in recent weeks.  Among them are women, children and the elderly.  

"The first time we went to the hospital, we saw that the water reservoir had been hit by a rocket," added Anderson.  "That was also an issue.  So, indeed there have been situations where the hospital had received some hits due to the fighting and, of course, it is of concern - and this is why we remind that the hospital is protected under international humanitarian law.  It is particularly important as fighting is continuing."  

The International Committee of the Red Cross is calling for health care workers and humanitarian personnel to be allowed to continue working.  For now, Anderson says no place in Sirte is immune from attack, including the hospital.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More