The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, on Saturday introduced the suspension of humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak cities in Borno State because of the grotesque Boko Haram assaults which additionally noticed the destruction of UN property and places of work.
Kallon, in a launch, mentioned UN and different help staff have additionally been relocated from the disaster areas, because the humanitarian group continues to observe the scenario with many individuals in dire want of life-saving help.
The UN Chief mentioned, “I’m deeply involved concerning the latest assaults on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, affecting humanitarian belongings and personnel. We now have quickly suspended operations in these areas so as to safely relocate humanitarian workers and are intently monitoring the scenario. We intend to renew operations as quickly as doable, in order that civilians affected by the battle proceed to obtain the help they want.
“I condemn within the strongest phrases assaults on civilians and civilian infrastructure which can represent violations on Worldwide Humanitarian Legislation.”
Damasak has been in turmoil since final week with the Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province fighters attacking the city about 5 instances in a single week.
Final Friday, the Boko Haram fighters had destroyed extremely priced objects belonging to the UN, after burning UN buildings, two different humanitarian hubs and forcing help staff to flee for his or her lives.
UN officers had informed SaharaReporters on Monday that every one the humanitarian staff in Damasak had been relocated to different locations because of the assault, though all of them “had been accounted for” after the onslaught.
“From the UN facet, what the Boko Haram fighters burnt had been our important help belongings together with places of work, warehouses and humanitarian storage amenities. The fighters additionally burnt UN operational automobiles earlier than attacking the opposite two neighbouring buildings belonging to another organisations. I can’t confirm their id in the intervening time. All our help staff had been accounted for, and quickly relocated. This implies there shall be a discount of humanitarian footprints in Damasak,” the official had defined.
“The operations shall be diminished to solely important help to affected communities. So we’re not completely suspending operations in Damasak,” he added.
SaharaReporters had final Saturday reported that the terrorists, aided by their deadlier Islamic State West African Province fighters, set hearth to the UN workplace and to no less than three different worldwide charity organisations contiguous to the UN facility.
“The terrorists got here into the city in gun vehicles. They first launched into a looting spree. They carted away help provides meant for the Internally Displaced Individuals earlier than they set hearth to the UN hub within the city and three different buildings belonging to different help organisations,” a supply within the city had narrated.
A navy supply confirmed the Saturday assault on Damasak however mentioned the troops had been preventing arduous to make sure that the terrorists didn’t overrun the city.
“Their plan was to assault the navy base first, however we repelled the invasion. Pockets of them then went to the UN facility. The Nigerian Air Pressure plane have been known as in and they’re at present partaking in air interdictions on the terrorists,” he said.
On March 1, ISWAP jihadists overran a UN hub in Dikwa, killing six civilians and forcing help staff to quickly retreat from the city regardless of pressing humanitarian wants.
On March 15, the fighters had attacked Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Native Authorities Space of Borno.
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