Brussels 06.11.2021 A massive explosion at a petrol station in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, killed at least 80 people, burning people in cars and streets nearby, a rescue worker and nurse said Saturday, November 6.
“We recovered 80 bodies from the site of the accident last night with our ambulances,” the rescue worker from the Red Cross told AFP, adding rescue operations were ongoing on Saturday morning.
A nurse at a hospital where the victims were taken confirmed the number of dead to AFP, adding he had also tended to many women, men and children with “serious injuries”.
According to witnesses, the accident happened when a vehicle caught fire in a petrol station after a road accident.
The flames then spread in the area, burning people in cars and on roads nearby.
Sierra Leone’s Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh had arrived on site on Saturday.
Brussels 26.10.2021 Sakharov Prize winner Doctor Denis Mukwege canceled all the appointments he had scheduled for this week on Monday, October 25. In particular, he was to be received at the Brussels parliament on Monday noon. And give several interviews on his new book on Tuesday, October 26, before attending the premiere of Thierry Michel’s film tonight (The Empire of Silence) in which he plays an important role. Its entire program was canceled for “medical reasons” according to its editor Gallimard.
Several people around Dr Mukwege confirm to Le Soir that he was hospitalised in Brussels “earlier than expected” without giving further details. “He is well, he is resting”, we are told to a good source by insisting well on the fact that a surgical intervention had been planned for some time but that the doctors considered that it had to be brought forward compared to the date initially set.
Denis Mukwege (66), Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for his fight against violence against women, is on tour in Europe on the occasion of the release of his new book: “La force des femmes” (Gallimard).
Since 1999, world-renowned Congolese gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege, has been fearless in his efforts to heal survivors of sexual violence in DRC and to advocate for ending the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. “There will be no peace in DRC until the reign of impunity ends”, he stated at the launch of his petition in October 2020, calling for transitional justice in his country.
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe’s top human rights award – Sakharov Prize – for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country.
“An attack on a field hospital this weekend on the Airport Road cost the lives of four doctors and one paramedic and injured eight medical personnel. A school in Al-Alamain was also hit. Such civilian infrastructure is protected under international law. We remind all parties of their obligation to uphold international humanitarian law and we expect a thorough and independent investigation so that those responsible are held accountable” the European External Action Service spokesperson said.
“The fighting in and around Tripoli has taken too many lives. The interest of the Libyan people must be put first by de-escalating the situation and resuming dialogue in order to identify a lasting political solution to the conflict as part of the UN-led process” the statement continues.
“The field hospital located on the airport road was hit by an air raid,” said Tripoli health ministry spokesperson Lamine al-Hashemi.
“Five doctors were killed and seven other people, including rescuers wounded” in the attack that al-Hashemi accused of warplane of Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar.
Libyan military leader Marshall Khalifa Haftar has been treated in a hospital in Paris, a French source confirming earlier reports from Libyan officials and media.
Haftar, 75, is the dominant figure in eastern Libya (Cyrenaica) and has long been seen as a likely contender to unite the country. As commander the Libyan National Army (LNA), a force aligned with a government based in the east which has opposed a rival, internationally backed government in the capital, Tripoli.
The French source declined to comment on Haftar’s condition. At present there are conflicting reports in mass and social media: according to some reports in Arab media, Haftar suffered a stroke and was transported to Paris for an urgent treatment, the others went as far, as declaring him clinically dead:
However in parallel the other information about him being active also started to circulate.
The spokesperson of Libyan Army said Haftar is in good health.