Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 May 2011

Humanitarian operation for the Libyan people




Humanitarian operation for the Libyan people



ROME, Italy, May 2, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A new humanitarian operation got under way today today for the Libyan people. The operation is being promoted by Italian Development Cooperation with the logistical and operational support of the Ministry of Defence and the active participation of Lazio Region, through the San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital Agency in Rome.


The operation responds to a request by the Chairperson of Libya’s National Transition Committee, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, during his recent visit to Rome. Foreign Minister Franco Frattini instructed Italian Development Cooperation to continue its humanitarian operations to provide medical treatment in Italy and in Libya for civilian victims of the conflict.


This morning, 29 April, an Italian Air Force C130 equipped to carry the wounded took off from Pratica di Mare for Milan. Its task is to repatriate to Libya the first 9 citizens discharged after specialist treatment in the hospitals of Lombardy Region. They were admitted on 8 April after reaching Italy on a humanitarian fight organised by Italian Development Cooperation.


Today’s flight will continue to Benghazi. Here, another 25 wounded Libyans, a number of them children, will be boarded along with four accompanying personnel and taken for treatment at the San Camillo-Forlanini hospital in Rome. This is the structure selected by Lazio Region for their treatment.


On board the C130 will be Minister Frattini’s Envoy for Humanitarian Emergencies, Margherita Boniver, who will be having a number of meetings in Libya. The Hon. Gianni Vernetti, as representative of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, will also be on the flight. So too will technical and health experts from Italian Development Cooperation and a medical team from the Ministry of Defence.


Lastly, the flight will also be carrying a medical team from San Camillo-Forlanini. In close coordination with the World Health Organisation’s representatives in Benghazi and the Transitional National Council, they will be working in coming weeks in the city’s hospitals to provide additional support for local medical structures.



Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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