50 wounded Libyans to receive treatment in Denmark

Foreign Ministry accepts Libyan request to provide specialised treatment

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November 5th, 2011 1:00 am| by admin
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Denmark will treat 50 Libyans injured during the conflict in Libya, the Foreign Ministry said here Friday.

Libya’s National Transitional Council requested the Danish government to provide the specialized treatment required by the individuals, the ministry said in a statement.

The 50 patients will be flown to Denmark in an Air Force Hercules cargo aircraft that is specially outfitted transport the sick and wounded. They will then be taken for treatment at the university hospitals in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense, the statement added.

“I am glad we have the opportunity to help at least some of the many people wounded in Libya. It is indeed tragic that so many have been hurt,” said the foreign minister, Villy Søvndal, in the statement.

The ministry said Libya particularly needs to treat Libyans afflicted by war trauma, and that Libya would pay for all costs in treating and transporting the wounded. Libya has also made similar requests to other countries, it added.

Denmark supported the UN-mandated, Nato-led intervention in Libya that enforced a no-fly zone over the country and helped topple the former regime led by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

With the ending of the Nato mission Monday, Danish aircraft and personnel participating in the intervention have returned home.

A spokesperson for the military said none of the individuals being sent to Denmark for treatment had been injured by Danish weapons.

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