OCHA calls for security measures in Syria’s Hawl Camp

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – In a joint statement, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Imran Riza, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi, said the security situation in northeastern Syria is still unacceptable.

This came in a statement published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in Damascus and Amman, after the killing of a nurse in Hawl camp. 

On January 12, a nurse in the Kurdish Red Crescent was killed by individuals belonging to the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) in Hawl camp, east of Hasakah. 

The statment called on “all parties with influence to ensure appropriate security measures to allow humanitarian assistance to continue to be delivered in a safe and effective manner.” 

The two UN officials expressed condolences and their grief over the killing of the nurse in the armed attack on a health facility in Hawl camp. 

According to unofficial statistics, more than 90 people, including women and children, Syrian IDPs and Iraqi refugees were killed during 2021. 

Al-Hawl camp, 40 km east of Hasakah, remains the largest camp for refugees and internally displaced people in Syria, with about 56,365 people, with an estimated family number of 15,300, including 2,423 families of ISIS, come from about 60 countries. 

Reporting by Muhammad al-Qadi