Explosion causes 'serious damage' to Red Cross office

    Another office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Libya, this time in the city of Misrata, came under attack Tuesday (June 12).

    One of the civilians living next to the building was wounded, but none of the 30 staff members of the organization were hurt. The blast, however, caused “serious material damage” to the Red Cross office, spokeswoman Beltifa Soumaya told Agence France-Presse.

    This is the second attack on the Red Cross in Libya in less than a month. On May 22, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the organization’s offices in the city of Benghazi, where a group named Brigades of the Imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman claimed responsibility.

    The attacks form part of recent violence in the North African nation, which is set to hold July 7 its first national elections in almost four decades. And they could potentially affect the country’s development. Libya is still reeling from the effects of last year’s civil war, which toppled Moammar Gadhafi’s rule and led to his eventual death.

    Investigators are now looking into the persons or group behind the attack, Soumaya said, according to The Associated Press. The organization, which has four offices in Libya, is assisting those affected by the civil war.

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