in Defence

Italian Air Force C-130 J airlifts wounded Libyan soldiers to Rome

Posted 29 March 2017 · Add Comment

The Italian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that it flew a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules mobile hospital aircraft to Benina, Libya to evacuate 22 injured members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to Rome where they are being treated at the Celio Military Hospital. By Oscar Nkala

The LNA is the army of the 'House of Representatives' (HOR), one of Libya's two rival governments based in the city of Tobruk. Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011, its forces have battled militias and the less-popular UN-backed Libyan Presidency Council government, which is based in the capital Tripoli.

In an statement, the Italian Ministry of Defence said the operation to airlift LNA soldiers wounded in the recent flare-up of fighting with militias in the east was carried out on March 16.

Italian Foreign minister Angelino Alfano said the operation in support of the LNA in the Benghazi area was part of a broader Italian mission to provide humanitarian aid to Libya and its forces that are fighting against international terrorism.

“Our action (in Libya) does not stop here. We will continue to provide assistance with the provision of emergency medical kits to hospitals across the country," he said.

The Italian C-130 J mobile hospital was the first to use Benina airport since late 2014 when it was closed down after being damaged during fighting between rival militias.

On March 14, HOR President Ageel Saleh told Russian news agency Sputnik that more wounded LNA soldiers were being flown to Moscow for treatment in line with an agreement between the two governments. However, he did not reveal whether the Russian Aerospace Forces (RAF) were involved in airlifting the wounded soldiers.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Ethiopian Airlines in talks to partner Air Djibouti

Ethiopian Airlines has initiated talks with the government of Djibouti over a possible partnership with Air Djibouti, reports ch-aviation.

Air Seychelles suspends Madagascar ops over plague outbreak

Air Seychelles announced last week the suspension of flights to Madagascar following an outbreak of pneumonic and pulmonary plague on the Indian Ocean island, reports ch-aviation.

Zimbabwe government minister in legal battle over Rainbow Airlines

Zimbabwean Minister for Information Communication Technology, Supa Mandiwanzira, has been taken to court by a fellow shareholder of local start-up carrier Rainbow Airlines citing breach of contract, reports ch-aviation.

Aviation Africa 2018 announces key speakers and EgyptAir endorsement

Links between Africa and the Middle East are being reinforced through the location of the 2018 Aviation Africa event, which will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel City Stars in Cairo, April 17-18.

Ethiopia extends E-Visa service MICE participants

Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines Group has launched E-Visa service for African and international participants of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and

Third H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

The third H160 prototype (PT3) has performed its maiden flight. With its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft's

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
ACI Africa BT77181017Aviation Africa BT18418AfBAC Expo BT2017Global Aerospace BT28218AIMA Africa 2017