Ebola quarantine in Liberia comes under attack by locals
Earlier this weekend, and angry mob attacked one of the quarantine centers in the densely populated West Point township in Monrovia, the capital of the Liberia. After the center was attacked and looted, 17 suspected Ebola patients reportedly vanished, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.
The violence in the township occurred on Saturday evening, and was led by residents who were angry that the Ebola patients had be brought to the quarantine zone from other parts of the city. Local witnesses report that some of the men were armed.
“They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,” said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams.
The attack comes just one day after a crowd of several hundred locals began chanting, “No Ebola in West Point”, and drove away a burial team and their police escort that had come to collect the bodies of suspected Ebola victims in the area.
“All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients,” said a senior police official, adding that, due to the attack, he now feared “the whole of West Point will be infected.”
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