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Nigeria: UN condemns attack on humanitarian hub

20 Jan 2020

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The humanitarian hub in Ngala town, Borno State, Nigeria, was damaged during an attack by non-State armed groups. Credit: UN?

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has strongly condemned the attack by non-State armed groups against the main humanitarian accommodation in Ngala, in north-eastern Borno State, where five UN staff were staying at the time of the incident.

On the evening of Saturday, 18 January, the humanitarian hub in Ngala was the direct target of a complex assault by heavily armed non-State armed groups operatives. An entire section of the facility was burned down as well as one of the few vehicles UN agencies rely on for movement and aid delivery. Protective security measures deployed at the humanitarian hub prevented any harm to the staff staying in the facility.

Aid workers are providing assistance to more than 55,000 people in the town of Ngala, near the border with Cameroon.

The UN and humanitarian partners in Nigeria are working to bring vital assistance to more than 7 million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. They are increasingly the target of attacks.

The?Humanitarian Coordinator called on?all parties to the conflict to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide the humanitarian assistance adding that aid workers, humanitarian facilities and assets cannot be a target and must be protected and respected at all times.