Washington: The US has announced to fly 24 seriously injured fighters from Libya to Boston for treatment while another six critical cases are being transferred to Germany for immediate care.
"In response to a request by the Transitional National Council, the United States is transporting 24 seriously wounded fighters to Spaulding Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said in a joint statement yesterday.
"An additional six critical cases will be transferred to Germany for immediate care. All of these patients were injured as a result of recent fighting and suffer from conditions that cannot currently be treated in Libya," they said.
The US leaders said that after months of struggle and sacrifice, the Libyan people have liberated their country with the support of the US and the international community.
"The violent dictator and his regime have collapsed. But Libya's new freedom has come at a price in human life and suffering. Just as the United States and the international community stood with the Libyan people during the revolution, we continue to work with Libya to address urgent humanitarian needs," they said.
They added that US offers this emergency medical evacuation assistance as a token of its support for the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people and its hope for a continued strong partnership as they build a new Libya.
First Published: Friday, October 28, 2011, 12:39