Italy to Increase Support to Libya – No ‘Boots on the Ground’

By John Lee.

Italy will set up a military hospital and deploy 300 doctors, nurses and soldiers in Libya, according to a report from Reuters.

The move follows a request from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

The hospital near Misrata airport will be staffed by about 100 doctors and nurses and guarded by some 200 soldiers.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (pictured) clarified Italy’s position regarding troops in Libya:

“There aren’t any Italian boots on the ground in Libya. It’s more like medics on the ground, medics who need military protection. We are sending a hospital, not an aircraft carrier”.

(Sources: Reuters, ANSAmed)

One Response to Italy to Increase Support to Libya – No ‘Boots on the Ground’

  1. arnaldo guidotti September 16, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    obviously Tripoli citizens are very unhappy for 1. hospital in Misrata n not Tripoli 2. boots on ground and 3. Italian govt announcement came on anniversary Omar Mukhtar death condamnation by Italians

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