Rocket hits ICRC office in Libya's Benghazi

from Agence France-Presse
Published on 22 May 2012

05/22/2012 14:13 GMT

TRIPOLI, May 22, 2012 (AFP) - A rocket-propelled grenade struck the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi overnight, the organisation's spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

"The premises of our delegation were hit by an RPG rocket but there were no casualties," Soaad Messudi told AFP, adding that the organisation was in contact with the authorities for details on the incident.

Messudi said the ICRC has been present in Libya since the popular uprising that toppled Moamer Kadhafi erupted in February 2011, and has since carried out humanitarian operations without taking sides in the North African country.

Also in Benghazi, a branch of the Sahara Bank was targeted in a rocket attack, which caused no injuries, witnesses said.

A rocket was fired at the first floor of the building, smashing some of the windows, according to an AFP photographer.

Several such incidents have occurred in Benghazi, the birthplace of Libya's revolution, in recent months.

A blast ripped through a courthouse in the eastern city in April, causing serious damage to the building but no casualties.

Security sources said unknown assailants had booby-trapped the building.


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