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Hospitals under pressure near Tripoli

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 01:44

Aug 21 - As the front line moves closer to the Libyan capital, field hospitals are short of resources and the government blames the West for the casualties. Lily Grimes reports.

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Dead bodies lie covered on the grass. This field hospital on the outskirts of the Libyan city of Zawiyah is struggling to cope with the casualties from the fighting. Some are brought from the capital Tripoli, half an hour's drive to the east. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOCTOR HISHAM ABU HALBA, SAYING: "We need urgent stuff, we need support. A lot of cases, a lot of cases. We need hands. We need specialists and we need hands. Even nurses and technician and anaesthetists. Why because we have short hands and a lot of injured patients. I am so sorry for this but this is urgent. Please for all which we can help." A spokesman for the regime blamed the West for the casualties saying they don't care about the human costs of the six month war. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIBYAN INFORMATION MINISTER, MOUSSA IBRAHIM, SAYING: "Every blood - every drop of Libyan blood - shed by these rebels is the responsibility of the western world and especially NATO's countries. So we hold Mr. Obama, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Sarkozy morally responsible for every single unnecessary death that takes place in this country." After overnight assaults rebels say they control parts of the capital. But the government dismisses these claims saying people in Tripoli will fight for the regime until the end. Lily Grimes, Reuters

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Hospitals under pressure near Tripoli

Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 01:44