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ICRC supplies Sirte hospital with urgently needed medical assistance

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 2, IRNA -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Saturday delivered urgently needed surgical material to Ibn Sina hospital, inside Sirte, to treat about 200 wounded people.

Yesterday, an ICRC team was finally able to enter Sirte, which has been under siege for weeks. The team included a doctor and crossed in overland from Misrata. It reached Ibn Sina hospital and delivered urgently needed surgical material to treat about 200 wounded people, including dressing kits, body bags, and 400 litres of fuel to run the hospital's generator.

'The conditions under which medical personnel have had to work over the past weeks have been extremely difficult,' said Hichem Khadraoui, who headed the peration. 'The hospital is facing a huge influx of patients, medical supplies are running out and there is a desperate need for oxygen. On top of that, the water reservoir has been damaged.'

Due to the volatile security situation, the team could not stay long enough to fully assess the humanitarian needs of civilians. That said, the ICRC team has been able to meet with representatives of civil society, who reported dire needs in terms of drinking water, food supplies – in particular baby food – and hygiene items. 'For the ICRC, it is of utmost importance to be able to assist all people affected by the conflict – civilians and war wounded fighters alike. We are committed to returning to Sirte as soon as possible,' said Khadraoui.

The ICRC reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligation under international humanitarian law to take all possible measures of precaution in order to spare civilian lives and allow safe access for medical personnel.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30590999

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