Five members of a Greek humanitarian mission to Libya have been killed and two are still missing according to a report by ERT. The members of the rescue team were killed in a road accident on Sunday, September 17, travelling from the flood-ravaged city of Derna from Benghazi.
The bodies are being transported to Elefsina’s military base by a C-27 aircraft.
The injured team members arrived separately at Elefsina airport on Monday morning and were taken to Athens hospitals by ambulances from the 115th Combat Wing.
The Greek team, consisting of 16 members and three interpreters, was joining other international teams in Derna, including those from Turkey, France, Italy, and Egypt.
Conflicting reports initially caused confusion about the accident. Health Minister for Libyan eastern government Othman Abduljaleel first announced the collision between a bus carrying 19 Greek rescue workers and a vehicle with five Libyan nationals. Three Libyans also lost their lives in the crash. The minister mentioned that seven Greek rescue workers were in critical condition. However, Greece’s armed forces initially confirmed only three fatalities and two missing individuals.