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Gunmen shoot ABB engineer in eastern Libya

A German engineer working for the Swiss-based ABB group and his driver were wounded on Thursday when unidentified gunmen fired on their car in eastern Libya, a security official said.

Gunmen shoot ABB engineer in eastern Libya

The vehicle carrying four ABB Energy engineers — three Germans and a Czech — had been travelling between Ajdabiya and Zwitinah, where they were working on a power station control system.
   
The German was hit twice, in the chest and foot, and the driver, despite 
receiving a head wound, managed to manoeuvre the car to safety, the security official in Ajdabiya said.
   
Both of the wounded men were treated at Ajdabiya hospital before being 
transferred to Libya's second city Benghazi, 130 kilometres (80 miles) to the east, the official added.
   
Citing the other engineers, he said the masked gunmen had been on board two 
pick-up trucks painted in military colours.
   
Eastern Libya, where the uprising against dictator Muammar Gaddafi erupted 
in 2011, has seen several attacks against the authorities and Western interests, which have been blamed on Islamists.
   
Among them was a deadly assault on the US consulate in Benghazi on 
September 11th last year, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

In 2008, a Swiss ABB manager was arrested along with another Swiss businessman in Libya under the Gaddafi regime.

The pair were eventually released in 2010 but only after then Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz issued an apology to Libya after Gaddafi's son Hannibal and his wife were arrested in Geneva for allegedly beating their two servants in a hotel. 

The couple were allowed to return to Libya and charges were dropped. 

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First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital

An initial flight from the International Committee of the Red Cross transporting medical personnel has reached the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the Geneva-based organization said on Tuesday, as fighting in the Arabian Peninsula country led to warnings of a humanitarian crisis.

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital
Photo: The Local

"First @ICRC flight reached Sanaa," " Dominik Stillhart, director of operations at the Red Cross, posted on his Twitter account.

"More to come by air and sea when clearances received to bring urgently needed medical supplies."

ICRC spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen said the first flight was a small passenger plane carrying medical staff and that it landed on Monday.

A cargo plane with medical supplies was waiting in Amman, she said.
   
"This plane will go to Sanaa tomorrow," said Jabeen.

The organization was also planning to send another aid shipment with a plane that would travel from Geneva to Sanaa.
   
Relief workers have warned of a dire situation in the impoverished country, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging an air war on the Iran-backed Huthi Shiite rebels.

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