Borno: UN suspends operations in Dikwa, Damasak after Boko Haram attacks

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The United Nations has suspended humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak both in Northeast region of Nigeria.

This follows a series of attacks launched on some of its assets and staff by Boko Haram insurgents.

UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, made this known in a statement, on Saturday, titled, ‘Statement On Un Operations In North-East Nigeria’.

Kallon said, “I am deeply concerned about the recent attacks on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, affecting humanitarian assets and personnel.

“We have temporarily suspended operations in these areas in order to safely relocate humanitarian staff and are closely monitoring the situation.

“We intend to resume operations as soon as possible, so that civilians affected by the conflict continue to receive the assistance they need.

“I condemn in the strongest terms attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure which may constitute violations on International Humanitarian Law.”

Kallon had earlier hinted at the possibility of the international organisation suspending its operations in the Northeast region of the country which has become a cauldron of assymetric warfare.

He made the hint while condemning the recent attacks on three humanitarian hubs by Boko Haram sect in Damasak, Borno state.

“Last night and through the morning, a violent attack in Damasak town, in Borno State, was reported with three international aid partners’ facilities directly targeted, set ablaze, and sustained damage.

“I continue to be concerned about the safety and security of civilians and humanitarian workers.

“I strongly condemn the attack, as humanitarian aid operations and facilities are the lifeline for people affected by violence and conflict in north-east Nigeria who are dependent on assistance to survive.

“Humanitarian operations in Damasak will be reduced due to the violent attack, which will affect the support to 8,800 internally displaced people and 76,000 people in the host community receiving humanitarian assistance and protection there.

“Civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target. They must always be protected and respected. I call on armed parties to observe and commit to international humanitarian law and human rights law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property, and personnel.” Kallon had said.

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