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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Niger - Syria

06 Jan 2021


A camp for internally displaced people in Niger (file photo). © OCHA/Federica Gabellini

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 January 2021


An inter-agency assessment mission arrived yesterday in the town of Ouallam in Niger to assess the humanitarian situation of internally displaced people who fled there following attacks perpetrated by armed groups in Tchamo Bangou and Zaroumadareye villages on 2 January.

According to the mission assessment’s findings, 105 people were killed during the attacks (73 in Tchamo Bangou and 32 in Zaroumadareye) and 26 others were injured. About 10,600 people have been displaced, and the majority have found refuge in Mangaize village with host families that are already vulnerable. More than 500 displaced children are now out of school.

Urgent needs include food, protection, shelter and non-food items, health, education and water, sanitation and hygiene.

A joint inter-agency mission to assess the situation of the displaced people in Mangaize village and Tondikiwindi district is planned for 7 January.

In addition to participating with assessment missions, the UN, along with its humanitarian partners, and in support of the government-led response efforts, will assist with registration of displaced people and the delivery of emergency assistance. Mobile clinics have already been set up to strengthen health-care services.



In a joint statement issued today, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi, strongly condemned two separate attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in northern Syria at the start of the new year that have claimed civilian lives, including children, and led to the serious injury of others.

On 2 January, a car bomb exploded in a market area in Ras al-Ain, reportedly killing two child siblings, and injuring their mother and several other civilians. On the same day, another car bomb was detonated near a bakery in Jinderis in north-west rural Aleppo that reportedly killed one civilian and injured several others, including two children.

This year, civilians in Syria will have endured 10 years of crisis. These two attacks so early in the new year serve as a tragic reminder of the price civilians across the country continue to pay. Recent analysis has shown the pervasive nature of explosive weapons, including IEDs, as well as landmines and unexploded ordinance, with an average of one incident approximately every 10 minutes.

The UN reminds all parties to respect their obligations to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians, in line with international humanitarian law and human rights law.