Tripoli, 6 August:
The NTC has denounced Sunday morning’s attacks on the compound of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Misrata.
A statement read yesterday evening by NTC spokesman Saleh Dehroub stressed that the ICRC was working in Libya at the request of the Libyan authorities. It had supported the Libyan people throughout last year’s revolution and continued to do so in its aftermath, he said.
The ICRC has suspended operations in Misrata and Benghazi and temporarily relocate its staff as a resutl of the attack.
The perpetrators of yesterday’s attack are as yet unknown, but it is believed that they used rocket-propelled grenades (RPG), causing extensive damage to the ICRC building, although none of the seven staff present were harmed. This is the fifth time in less than three months that the ICRC has come under attack and an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated outside the same building in May.
Officials in Misrata yesterday appeared unaware of the situation in the town. When contacted, they denied that any such attack had taken place.