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Activists call for Libya to end attacks on health facilities and to let medical supplies in

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1638
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Forces under the command of Muammar Gaddafi have carried out appalling assaults on sick and wounded people and on health professionals and have prevented urgently needed medical supplies from entering the country, say Libyan doctors and international health campaigners.

At a London press conference on 9 March organised by Libyan activists in the United Kingdom, Ahmed Sewehli of Libyan Doctors’ Relief asked the BMA for assistance and called on the UK government “to urgently dispatch humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the border areas.”

Dr Sewehli, a psychiatrist in Manchester whose father and brothers recently disappeared after speaking out against the regime from inside Libya, told the BMJ that Libya’s hospitals were …

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