By Hadi Fornaji.
Tripoli, 22 November:
Twenty-four Libyans wounded in last month’s fighting in Bani Walid flew to Italy today for treatment there. . . .[restrict]They left on an Italian military flight from Mitiga airport. They will be treated at the San Camillo Hospital in Rome.
The transfer was ordered by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giulio Terzi, following his meetings in 6 November with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and the President of General National Congress, Mohamed Magarief.
There were several hundred casualties in last month’s fighting, among fighters on both sides and the town’s residents. Precise numbers of dead and wounded, however, have not been divulged.
Today’s move comes within the framework of an agreement in January this year between Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, and the former Libyan Prime Minister, Abdurrahim Al-Kib.
Similar transfers took place last year when hundreds of wounded Libyans were flown for medical treatment in Italian hospitals. Their treatment was funded by the Italian government. [/restrict]