Two Oxfam workers killed in attack in Syria

The charity condemns the attack that caused the deaths of two aid workers

Two Oxfam aid workers were today killed in an attack at 2pm local time in Daraa Governorate in southern Syria, between Nawa and Al-Yadudah, the charity has said in a statement.

Wissam Hazim, an Oxfam Southern Hub staff safety officer, and Adel Al-Halabi, a driver, were both killed when their vehicle was attacked by an armed group that has yet to be identified.

Wissam Hazim had worked for Oxfam since May 2017. Adel Al-Halabi joined Oxfam in January 2017. Both were Syrian nationals.

An Oxfam volunteer was also injured in the attack.

In a statement the charity paid tribute to the workers, condemned the attack and called on all sides to ensure the safety of staff delivering life-saving aid to civilians caught in the conflict.

Moutaz Adham, Oxfam Syria country director, said: “We are devastated by the loss of two valued colleagues who were killed as they worked to deliver aid to civilians caught in the Syrian conflict. Our love and thoughts are with their families.

“We condemn the attack in the strongest possible terms. It is essential that aid workers are able to get life-saving assistance to civilians without being attacked themselves.”

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