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UN halts humanitarian operations in Dikwa, Damasak after Boko Haram attacks

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Edward Kallon, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator

The United Nations humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, Borno State have been suspended with immediate effect, according to a statement signed by the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon.

The decision to suspend assistance to thousands of displaced Nigerians was the aftermath of series of attacks on some of its assets and staff by Boko Haram insurgents.

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.”

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