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The United Nations (UN) has condemned the attacks against aid facilities in Damask, Borno, by terrorists.
The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said he was deeply concerned over non-state armed groups putting the lives of civilians at risks.
Kallon confirmed that between Saturday night through Sunday morning, three international aid partners’ facilities were directly targeted, set ablaze and damaged.
‘I strongly condemn the attack, as humanitarian aid operations and facilities are the lifelines for people affected by violence and conflict in north-east Nigeria who are dependent on assistance to survive’, his statement read.
Kallon regretted that humanitarian operations in Damasak and the support to 8,800 internally displaced people and 76,000 people in the host community have been affected.
The UN chief stressed that civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target.
Kallon appealed to all armed parties to observe international humanitarian laws and human rights laws and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property, and personnel.
He appealed to donors and stakeholders for support in funding the nine humanitarian hubs and to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
The coordinator described them as vital enablers of the humanitarian operations in northeast Nigeria.
Kallon also urged support for the Humanitarian Response Plan for North-east Nigeria to provide life-sustaining support to some 6.4 million displaced people and host communities.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK