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Urgent aid arrives in Warshefana after days of fierce clashes

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Supplies from the Libyan Red Crescent and the International Red Cross have arrived at Warshefana’s Zahra Hospital following days of brutal violence in the area which has led to the deaths of dozens of civilians and combatants.

The Libyan Red Crescent and the ICRC said they had delivered enough supplies for up to 130 war-wounded as a temporary solution to the crisis.

Military sources in Warshefana claimed that casualties from yesterday’s fighting alone had been devastatingly high. They alleged that as many as 40 had been killed, most of them civilians, with at least 70 wounded who have receiving treatment at Zahra Hospital. The source confirmed that the hospital had been struggling to meet the pace of injuries with a shortage of medical supplies as a result of the effective siege on the town.

The bombardment of grad missiles and shells by Libya Dawn forces on Warshefana continued into the night with reports of reinforcements arriving from Zawia and Janzour to join the onslaught. Libya Dawn positions were later hit by airstrikes of an unknown origin at Warshefana and a camp near Zuwara.

There were also unconfirmed reports that some Zawia residents had begun indiscriminately attacking civilians from Warshefana in retaliation for the capture of LROR leader and Zawia local Shaaban Hadia Al-Zawi, better known as Abu Obeida.

The ICRC has been working with the Libyan Red Crescent to support Libyan hospitals, delivering medical supplies to health facilities in Mitiga, Zawia,  Tripoli, Zintan, Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Abyar and Marj.

It temporarily moved its international staff to Tunis on 15 July.

Article by Ajnadin Mustafa, Libya Herald.

This article was originally published here.

 

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