Two ambulances hit in Libya fighting: ICRC

3rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The international Red Cross on Thursday urged Libyans to respect medical personnel after two ambulances came under fire in the coastal area of Misrata, wounding two and destroying one of the vehicles.

"Credible reports indicate that two Libyan Red Crescent ambulances were shot at today (Thursday) in Misrata, west of Benghazi, resulting in two volunteers being injured and one of the ambulances being completely burnt," the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement.

"Red Crescent and Red Cross staff must be respected and allowed to carry out their life-saving work in safety," said Simon Brooks, head of the ICRC team in Benghazi.

"This is a vital issue for us and our colleagues at the Libyan Red Crescent. Volunteers are always ready to do their job but they must be granted the necessary security," he added.

The ICRC told AFP that the two ambulances were hit in the same incident but declined to give further details.

"We can't be absolutely sure of the circumstances in which the incident took place and the identities of those concerned," spokeswoman Anna Nelson said.

Misrata is about 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of the regime controlled capital, Tripoli.

The Geneva-based humanitarian agency has 12 medical staff in the area of rebel controlled city of Benghazi further east.

© 2011 AFP

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