Wounded Libyan Fighters To Receive U.S. Medical Care

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta
Washington, DC
October 27, 2011

After months of struggle and sacrifice, the Libyan people have liberated their country with the support of the United States 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.

Saturday, 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*. 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.

The United States offers this humanitarian gesture of emergency medical evacuation assistance as a token of our support for the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people and our hope for a continued strong partnership as they build a new Libya.

*The patients will be treated at the Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore in Salem, Massachusetts.

PRN: 2011/1827