Emergency Response Mobilised Following Airstrike on Rann Locality

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

people.rdquo;

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

bad roads.

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).