UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer Deeply Concerned by Attacks on Healthcare Workers in Afghanistan

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer released a statement expressing grave concern with respect to three separate attacks between 6 and 9 July resulting in the death of five health workers employed by non-governmental organisations.

“My heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased”, he said.

His statement pointed out that Afghanistan is among the world’s deadliest conflicts and all parties should protect and facilitate the work of aid workers, in particular those working in the health sector.

However, so far in 2019, 77 aid workers have been killed, injured or abducted compared with 76 in all of 2018.
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Mr Lanzer emphasised that the International Humanitarian Law obliges all parties to protect humanitarian aid workers, health workers and infrastructure; where this has not been the case, incidents need to be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

Recently, despite peace talks ongoing between Afghans, Taliban and US officials, Afghanistan saw a series of attacks by Taliban which resulted in death and injuries of scores of men, women and children.

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