Aid floods into Tripoli as fighting stops

August 29, 2011 19:13

GENEVA - Tripoli's hospitals have put the worst behind them after an end to the fighting in Libya's capital opened the way to a flood of aid and enabled medical staff to get back to work, aid agencies said on Monday.

In a rapid return to normality, even the notorious Abu Salim hospital, where 75 bodies were found after staff fled fighting in the area, is welcoming patients once again.

"This hospital has just reopened yesterday and it's beginning to function. It was cleaned up and everything is supposed to be in place now," said Robin Waudo, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Tripoli.

Last week agencies such as the ICRC, Medecins Sans Frontieres and the World Health Organization said outside help needed to get into the city urgently to avoid a disaster, but it was too dangerous to venture onto Tripoli's streets.

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