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Injured Libyans flown to Hamburg for treatment

The Local · 17 Oct 2011, 10:10

Published: 17 Oct 2011 10:10 GMT+02:00

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The men, aged between 23 and 30, were landed at Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel airport and brought to Asklepios Westklinikum hospital in Hamburg.

One of them, a 29-year-old who suffered severe brain injuries, was in intensive care. The condition of the four others, wounded by firearms, was described by a hospital spokesman as "relatively stable." He also described them as very happy to be in Germany.

Seven more patients were due to arrive at the hospital on Tuesday as part of a group of about 40 wounded fighters to be flown in from Libya for treatment in different German towns, hospital and foreign ministry officials said.

Ten-year-old Suliman Salem from the town of Ajdabiya became the first victim of the Libyan civil war to be treated in Germany, when he was brought to Bremen four weeks ago.

The German government announced a plan to bring more war victims over a week ago. A Foreign Ministry spokesman promised that the help would be swift and unbureaucratic.

On a recent trip to Tripoli, Economy Minister Philipp Rösler said at least 150 injured people would be taken in, including both civilians and militiamen who had fought for the National Transitional Council, the new government that deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi in Libya a few weeks ago.

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11:34 October 17, 2011 by puisoh
This kind of provide an insight into how deficit are piled up. Perhaps Germany is tired of bailing out bankrupt nations, so this might be Mr Rösler's strategy to bankrupt Germany so that the bailout game can finally come to an end. Not a bad scheme, Rösler!

If I had one wish, I wish I would make money at the rate they waste it and they would spend at the rate that I earn them.

Good luck, guys.
11:57 October 17, 2011 by StoutViking
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12:52 October 17, 2011 by melbournite
I support this. Its much better to help heal than to cause the wounds in the first place. Just as long as those treated include Libyan's injured by NATO bombs
19:07 October 17, 2011 by Englishted
Would it not be cheaper in the long run to set up a M.A.S.H. unit over there ?.
21:53 October 17, 2011 by neunElf
Angie is trying hard to make up for her lack of solidarity with her allies, all of course for a good cause, the Made In Germany export machine!
06:54 October 18, 2011 by Chigozie Ohanweh
Why is it dat people find a way to criticize everything no mata hw good it is. i mean dis is bad. Dis kriticizers ar they perfect i don't tink so. D German govermt is trying to help d injured libians n they ar grateful about dat yet u ar there waging ur mouths. Kriticizers u too have ur own deficiences. Tanks
10:26 October 18, 2011 by nolibs
Oh great...Bet you 100 Euros that they will never leave.
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