The United Nations on Tuesday condemned the heavy shelling of Tripoli’s Al Khadra General Hospital at a time when people need “functioning medical facilities,” saying it was a “clear violation of international law.”

Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a press conference held via video link that the UN was “appalled” to learn of the shelling.

He read out a statement by Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Yacoub El Hillo.

“At a moment when people in Libya needed nothing more than a safe home and functioning medical facilities, we received the

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