Three members killed in Greek humanitarian mission to Libya

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Three members of the Greek humanitarian mission to Libya have lost their lives and two are missing, the Hellenic National Defence General staff announced late on Sunday, reported amna.gr.

The members were part of the Hellenic Armed Forces medical personnel sent to aid Libya, North Africa, which is also under siege by floods.

The Greek team were injured in a road accident on Sunday afternoon, when the coach transporting the members of the mission to Derna collided with an oncoming vehicle going the other way, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced.

The Greek rescue team were en route to the flood-ravaged city of Derna.

Hellenic Armed Forces medical personnel. Photo: amna.gr.

Greece’s General National Defencee Staff (GEETHA) said in a statement on Sunday, “We announce that three members of the Greek humanitarian mission to Libya lost their lives and two are missing. An updated statement will follow.”

According to a diplomatic source, the Greek rescue team consisted of 16 members along with three interpreters. Othman Abduljaleel stated that fifteen members of the Greek rescue team sustained injuries, with seven in critical condition. Additionally, two members of the Libyan family were in critical condition as well.

Rescue teams assist in relief work in Libya’s eastern city of Derna on September 17. Photo: AFP.

The Consulate General of Greece in Benghazi, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Defense, the United Nations, and the European Union, was prepared to offer assistance to the mission and facilitate their repatriation to facilitate their safe return home, according to amna.gr.

A further announcement is to be issued later, HNDGS said.

Source: amna.gr

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