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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

18 Feb 2021

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Humanitarians bring water, household water tanks and hygiene kits to communities in rural Syria (October 2020). © OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 18 February 2021

Syria

The Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Mark Cutts, said he is shocked and appalled by the killing of another humanitarian worker in north-west Syria yesterday following an explosion in a market in Al-Bab city.

This is the latest in a series of horrific car bombs and other improvised explosive devices that have killed dozens of civilians and injured many more in northern Syria in recent months.

The humanitarian colleague who was killed yesterday was a community health worker of a UN-funded health project in Al-Bab providing services for people affected by COVID-19. A driver and a co-worker were injured in the attack.

Condemning the latest attack in the strongest terms, Mr. Cutts said nothing can justify these cowardly, indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians.

The UN has documented at least 14 cases of humanitarian workers killed in north-west Syria in the past 14 months due to air strikes, shelling, car bombs and other improvised explosive devices.

On average, one humanitarian worker is killed every 30 days in north-west Syria, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world for humanitarian workers.