Friday, August 12, 2011

[news] Seclusion, raids take toll in Gaddafi's Libya

TRIPOLI, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The impact of the two strands of Western efforts to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi was evident this week in Tripoli, where doctors struggled to deal with Libya wounded in recent attacks on NATO amid a shortage of deepening of electricity and medical supplies.

Hassan Moussa, head doctor of the Central Hospital of Tripoli, said doctors were forced to improvise the treatment of critically injured patients such as providing oxygen and other short-term needs six months after the United Nations renewed the sanctions Libya.

"We are doctors, but we can not save people. Where is the oxygen? Where are the lab supplies, electricity, refrigeration?" said. "We ask God to end this nightmare."

Machines hummed in the intensive care unit of the hospital while doctors tended to patients who said they were injured in NATO air strikes this week. Authorities said the attack killed 85 people, including women and children in a group of villages near where the rebels are fighting to end 41 years of government Gaddafi.

The longtime leader remains defiant despite months of bombing, and there is little evidence that his best armed army will soon give way to the rebels making fitful progress.

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