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Libyan hospitals are overstretched treating thousands of victims of violent crackdown

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1245 (Published 23 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1245
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Hospitals in Libya are overstretched and struggling to deal with hundreds of people killed and thousands injured in the past week by security forces that have been shooting at demonstrators in an attempt to suppress their protests against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

“The callousness with which Libyan authorities and their hired guns are reportedly shooting live rounds of ammunition at peaceful demonstrators is unconscionable. I am extremely worried that lives are being lost as we speak,” United Nations high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay told a briefing.

She said such widespread and systematic attacks against a civilian population “may amount to crimes against …

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