• Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte
    • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte
      © ICRC / LY-E-00270

    Ibn Sina hospital hosted not only wounded people but also civilian families – including foreign nationals – who sought refuge from the fighting in the hospital's basement and corridors. Children were terrified and tired. The ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent evacuated 18 foreign nationals who wanted to leave the hospital for a safer place – Harawa, 50 kilometres east of Sirte.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte
    • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte
      © ICRC / ly-e-00271

    The hospital's foreign nursing staff and the foreign nationals who had sought refuge in the building had no contact with their families since fighting erupted in Sirte. The ICRC provided them with a satellite phone to contact their loved ones directly. Often their relatives didn't know if they were alive or dead, making for many moments of high emotion.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte

    This child was with his family in the hospital. They decided to leave for a safer area east of Sirte, with the help of Libyan Red Crescent volunteers.

    Weapons are prohibited on board Red Cross and Red Crescent vehicles.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte. This young man required further surgery. He was evacuated to a hospital in Tripoli.

    This young man required further surgery. He was evacuated to a hospital in Tripoli.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte

    This patient had been waiting anxiously to leave Ibn Sina hospital before his condition deteriorated. While being transported out, he expresses his relief and gratitude.

  • Field hospital, 50 km west of Sirte. A patient with severe injuries is being taken from an ICRC truck to a helicopter bound for a hospital in Tripoli.

    A patient with severe injuries is being taken from an ICRC truck to a helicopter bound for a hospital in Tripoli.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte

    The remaining staff at the hospital did what they could to provide basic care to the patients waiting for surgery. Together with ICRC health delegates, they chose the patients who needed urgent evacuation.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte

    In the absence of water and electricity, sanitary conditions in the hospital deteriorated. Beds clogged the corridors and the entrance. Keeping mattresses clean was very difficult, causing serious concern for patients with infected wounds.

  • Ibn Sina hospital, Sirte

    Due to the lack of security, hospital ambulances could not operate. The ICRC evacuated most wounded patients in trucks. Each truck can transport up to eight patients on stretchers.

  • Field hospital airstrip, 50 km away from Sirte

    The transfer from the ICRC truck to the helicopter is the final step before the one-hour journey to Tripoli.

  • Field hospital airstrip, 50 km away from Sirte

    The families of some wounded patients were waiting for them in Tripoli. On board, patients on stretchers and others sitting are eagerly awaiting take-off.


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