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)