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May 20, 2022

Libya rebels face health crisis

A medical crisis is looming in eastern Libya with hospitals in Benghazi running short of supplies, the rebels’ health minister says, according to the BBC. Stocks of drugs and other items such as surgical gloves are said to be running out. Dr Nagi Barakat told the BBC that most emergency aid donated from abroad went straight to the front line. He said that if a new offensive broke out, hospitals would face a major crisis. The central authorities meanwhile rejected a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for the arrest of Col Muammar Gaddafi, saying the tribunal has no authority. The ICC earlier accused the Libyan leader of crimes against humanity.

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