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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - Syria

19 Apr 2021

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Damasak, Borno State, Nigeria (file photo). © OCHA/Yasmina Guerda

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 April 2021

Nigeria

Following the recent attacks on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, in Borno State, Nigeria, which affected humanitarian assets and personnel, the UN has temporarily suspended operations in these areas to safely relocate humanitarian staff.

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the UN intends to resume operations as soon as possible, so civilians affected by the conflict continue to receive the assistance they need.

At least five non-governmental organization (NGO) offices and several NGO vehicles, a mobile storage unit, water tanks, a health outpost and a nutrition stabilization centre were damaged on 10 and 11 April in Damasak. More clashes were reported on 13 and 14 April.

The violent attacks will affect humanitarian assistance and protection to nearly 9,000 internally displaced people and 76,000 people in the host community.

Mr. Kallon condemned in the strongest terms attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure which may constitute violations of international humanitarian law.

Syria

The Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, expressed deep sadness over the tragic deaths of two Syrian aid workers who were killed in an armed attack in south-east rural Deir-Ez-Zor.

Unknown attackers reportedly shot and killed the workers as they were returning from a humanitarian assistance project on Saturday. Both victims were volunteers working for the national NGO Al-Birr and Al-Ihsan Ras al-Ain.

Mr. Riza condemned this cowardly attack in the strongest possible terms and called for the protection of all aid workers. Humanitarians in Syria and elsewhere risk their lives to assist people in desperate need. Their safety and security must be assured at all times, he said.

Over the years, hundreds of humanitarian workers have been killed in the Syria conflict, as a result of aerial bombardment, shelling, kidnapping, detention and shootings.

All parties to the conflict and the international community should do more to ensure the protection of all civilians in Syria, in accordance with international law.