By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 8 February 2014:
Sebha Medical Centre has called on all medical staff to report for duty amidst fears of . . .[restrict]renewed fighting in the restive southern town.
The head of Sebha Local Council, Ayoub Al-Zaroug, told the Libya Herald that sporadic but frequent gunfire had been heard in Sebha after Zintani revolutionary forces withdrew two days ago. He added that, while the situation remained tense, “people are struggling to return to their normal lives. Shops and petrol stations are open though they close early”.
Zintani and Misratan revolutionary forces moved into Sebha just over one week ago to act as a buffer against clashes between Tebu and Awalad Suleiman tribes that claimed over 100 lives over the past month. However, most of the outside forces withdrew after mediators were unable negotiate a truce.
An employee at the Medical Centre, Abdullah Owheda, said that workers had been urged to come to the hospital to take up their posts as concern increased that violence would return. “Many specialists live in the outskirts of the town, where they’ll be prevented from reaching the centre if fighting breaks out,” he added.
Sebha Medical which holds 480 beds and was stretched to capacity during recent clashes. Owheda said the hospital was well stocked and prepared.