Destruction and debris caused by the explosion in Al-Bab city, northern Syria

Bombing in Al Bab leaves at least 18 civilians dead and more than 70 injured

7 October 2020, Amman, Jordan - An estimated 18 people have been killed in Al Bab city, in the northern part of Syria, as a heavy truck explosion occurred in one of the busiest neighbourhoods of the city where more than 21,180 displaced Syrians[1] live. More than 70 are thought to be injured and the numbers might increase. Three humanitarian workers of World Vision’s partner - Syria Relief and Development - who were essential in the fight against Covid-19 inside the country, have fallen victims of the indiscriminate acts of violence that are a daily reality for most of them.

“We strongly condemn all acts of violence against civilians and frontline workers as Covid-19 is endangering the most vulnerable people, now having lived in insecurity and fear for almost ten years. Our partners are delivering lifesaving medical aid providing transportation for Covid-19 suspected cases to one of the health facilities they work in”, said Johan Mooij, World Vision Syria Response Director.

The fighting must stop and a political agreement between the parties to the conflict must be urgently agreed upon. “If such attacks continue, that resulted in more than 550,000 people’s death since the conflict started[2], we might witness new displacements which will put everyone at enormous health risks”, added Mooij. These people now face a security crisis and a medical one, often afraid to seek treatment either due to fear or lack of money. Reaching out to them with information and essential hygiene items, food and other services, is critical and all involved must ensure unhindered access to the Syrian population.

 

ENDS.

 

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Alexandra Matei, Syria Response Advocacy and Communications Director, World Vision International

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Elias Abu Ata, Syria Response Communications Manager, World Vision International

elias_abuata@wvi.org | +962 775 446 556

 

[1] https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/202008_cccm_cluster_isimm_august_for_share.pdf

[2] https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/syria

Main photo credit: Syria Relief & Development (SRD).