By Ayman Amzein.
Benghazi, 23 August 2103:
Benghazi’s Al-Jelaa has again closed its doors to the public, just four days after it reopened . . .[restrict]them following a one-day closure in protest at a gun attack in which two security guards were injured.
The closure is again the result of violence in the hospital neighbourhood which shows no sign of abating, and resentment at the lack of security.
Hospital staff say that they will continue to care for all patients in the hospital but that Accident & Emergency will be closed as will radiography and all outpatient clinics. One members of staff said that the closure could, this time, last as long as two weeks. The public, he said, were scared of coming to the hospital because of the violence and absence of security in the area.
Al-Jalaa Hospital has the largest A&E department in Benghazi, serving people from all over the region.
Three days ago, the director of the Al Jalaa Hospital, Mustafa El Senussi warned that the doors might shut once more. “It won’t be long before the hospital may have to close again,” he told the Libya Herald. “The security situation remains very fragile.”