March 26, 2011

MSF staff are in Benghazi and Tobruk. They are planning to resume assessments of medical needs and, where required, provide support.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have returned to Libya after being forced to withdraw from the eastern city of Benghazi on March 15 because of worsening security conditions.

Today, seven MSF staff are in Benghazi and Tobruk. They are planning to resume assessments of medical needs and, where required, provide support in the form of medical personnel and materials.

“Since we first entered Libya on February 24, our aim has been to reach areas where the ongoing fighting has created the most needs,” said Simon Burroughs, MSF emergency coordinator in Libya.

MSF reiterates the importance of respecting medical facilities, health personnel, and vehicles carrying patients, and it calls on all parties involved in the conflict to allow unhindered access to medical humanitarian assistance.

MSF is also trying to enter Libya from Tunisia. Despite continuous efforts since February 23, its teams have still not received authorization to cross the border.