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Libya floods: Several members of Greek rescue team killed in roadside accident

Three members of a Libyan family were also killed in accident, which left more than a dozen other rescue team members injured
An ambulance arrives outside a hospital following deadly floods, in Derna, Libya 17 September (Reuters)

At least three members of a Greek rescue team en route to the flood-ravaged city of Derna and three members of a Libyan family were killed in a road accident on Sunday, the health minister for the Libyan eastern government said.

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Two others from the Greek rescue team are missing, while at least 15 were injured, including seven in a critical condition, the Greek Armed forces said. Two of the Libyan family were in critical condition. 

The Greek Armed Forces said a bus carrying medical personnel collided with a vehicle moving in the opposite direction, but it did not confirm the deaths.

"The causes and circumstances of the incident are being investigated in cooperation with the Libyan authorities, while an operation is underway to gather the personnel in Benghazi and repatriate them," it said in a statement.

The Greek foreign ministry was not immediately available to comment on Abduljaleel's statement regarding the killing of four Greeks. According to a diplomatic source, the Greek rescue team had 16 members plus three interpreters.

Thousands of people were killed after two dams above Libya's eastern city of Derna broke on 10 September during a powerful storm, bringing down residential blocks lining a usually dry riverbed as people slept. Many bodies have been washed out to sea.

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