Belfast Telegraph

Hospital treats injured Libyan men

Five Libyan men with amputations are due to go home this weekend after they were treated in hospital in Belfast.

Their treatment was part of a UK-wide plan which has seen their compatriots hospitalised in England, Scotland and Wales.

They are victims of a conflict which disfigured their homeland for much of last year, toppled Muammar Gaddafi and symbolised the Arab Spring of revolutions which overthrew autocratic regimes.

Health minister Edwin Poots visited them at Musgrave Park hospital.

"Northern Ireland can be proud that it played its part in providing expert humanitarian medical aid and treatment to a number of adult amputee victims of the recent conflict in Libya," he said.

"The programme of care they received, which was fully funded by the Libyan government, demonstrates the high level of expertise and high quality services available in Northern Ireland."

More than 100 Libyan patients are being treated across the UK.

The war was preceded by protests in the Libyan city of Benghazi, beginning in February last year, which led to clashes with security forces.

The unrest developed into a rebellion which swept across the country to the capital Tripoli, with Nato air support, and resulted in the establishment of the National Transitional Council and the ousting of Gaddafi and his family from power.

At least 30,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded in Libya's six-month civil war, the country's interim health minister has said.

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