Violence Against or Obstruction of Health Care in Libya in 2020


On March 12, 2020 a doctor and paramedic were killed as they were travelling on the coastal road in Al Mugrub district, Tripolitania region, in an attack by the Tarhouna-based Al-Kani militias of the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces. Two other doctors were also injured. The group were on their way to a meeting at the Ministry of Justice to discuss preventive measures against COVID-19 for rehabilitation institutions.


The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) identified 77 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Libya in 2020, compared to 73 such incidents in 2019. Those responsible for these incidents damaged or destroyed health facilities, and killed and injured health workers, forcing health facilities to close, with potentially devastating consequences for an effective COVID-19 response.

This factsheet is based on the dataset 2020 SHCC Health Care Libya Data, which is available for open-source access on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).