Italy to set up a hospital in Libya

Italy to set up a hospital in LibyaItaly will open a military hospital and deploy 300 doctors, nurses and soldiers in Libya at the request of the United Nations-recognized government in Tripoli, Reuters reported on Monday, citing a government source.

The staff of a hospital, located near the Misrata airport, will include about 100 doctors and nurses. It also will be guarded by nearly 200 soldiers.

The source describes the place as “a safe location, but not too far from the battle zone."

Libyan forces aligned with the U.N.-backed government have been fighting to drive Islamic State militants out of their former stronghold of Sirte for months, but they have faced stiff resistance and suffered numerous casualties.

Dozens of Libyan fighters have already got medical treatment in Rome, but the hospital could become a faster and more efficient channel for assistance, the source said.

No further details were provided, including the exact timing of the deployment.

The hospital would become the first overt troop deployment by a Western nation.
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