The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) today dispatched a helicopter with four medical
personnel, 400 kg of emergency medical supplies and airlifted eight Nigeria Red Cross
workers injured following a military airstrike that hit Rann locality of Nigeria's
north-eastern Borno state.
This is an unfortunate tragedy that befell people already suffering the effects of
violence,rdquo; said Edward Kallon, the UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator
for Nigeria. Mr. Kallon said that the Nigerian army has also deployed a medical team and
is working with humanitarian partners to ensure maximum support to the affected
Rann is one of the localities in north-eastern Nigeria that have recently become
accessible to humanitarian organizations. Emergency assistance is gradually being ramped
up in areas that were previously unreachable. In Rann, around 43,000 people are
internally displaced and struggle with serious food shortages and severe acute
malnutrition. Humanitarian access to the area has been difficult due to insecurity and
The humanitarian community expresses its profound sympathy and solidarity with those
affected by today's incident. Additional assistance and personnel are to be deployed to
Rann in the coming days.
It is indeed an unfortunate and sad event..we continue to do our best to assist those
wounded,rdquo; Mr. Kallon said.
Further updates will be issued as information becomes available.Source: Office for
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).