Thursday 22 June 2017

Three GOAL aid workers injured in Syria shelling

Two people working for the Irish charity GOAL have suffered serious injuries following air strikes in the northern part of Syria
Two people working for the Irish charity GOAL have suffered serious injuries following air strikes in the northern part of Syria
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Two people working for the Irish charity GOAL have suffered serious injuries following air strikes in the northern part of Syria.

One is reported to be critically ill - while the other has had to undergo extensive medical treatment.

A third member of the GOAL staff suffered minor injuries in the air attacks.

One of those seriously injured in the air assault suffered devastating head injuries, and has shrapnel lodged in his brain.

GOAL CEO Barry Andrews revealed the charity was forced to suspend operations last week because of intense shelling.

"One of the guys is going to require huge surgery, so it's an extremely bad situation," Mr Andrews told the Irish Independent.

"The three staff members are Syrian; it wouldn't be safe to have international staff because of the risk of abduction."

He stressed GOAL will remain in the country to continue its humanitarian work, despite the growing risks.

"This incident once again underlines the acute dangers that humanitarian aid workers face by working inside Syria.

"They are putting themselves in harm's way each day, in order to deliver critical aid like food and water, to some of the people most affected by the conflict."

He said the current level of violence in Syria is a "blight on humanity", adding it is "shameful how little energy and resolve is being applied to bringing the conflict to an end".

"A huge number of people have crossed the border to Turkey as a result of all of this.

"One can only hope that incidents of this nature will focus the minds of those attending the international conference in Kuwait on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian situation."

Irish Independent

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