Thu, April 12, 2012
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Red Cross says recent clashes killed 150 in S Libya

2012-04-12 13:10:30 GMT2012-04-12 21:10:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GENEVA, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Recent violence between the Tabou and Walid Sleiman tribes in Sabha, southern Libya, has left around 150 people dead and over 350 wounded, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.

Georges Comninos, the head of the ICRC delegation in Libya, reported that many Tabou have been displaced and people have been detained by both sides.

To respond to the most urgent needs, the ICRC has sent 12 staff, including health personnel and water engineers, to Sabha. An ICRC medical doctor also visited casualties evacuated to hospitals in Tripoli to check on their conditions.

The ICRC also provided Sabha Central Hospital with surgical items and other medical supplies to treat patients with weapon-related injuries and delivered medical supplies to a field hospital set up in Tajuri, a Sabha neighborhood populated mainly by Tabou and Tuareg.

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