Two Oxfam workers killed in attack in Syria

The conflict in Syria continues to cause tremendous human suffering. Two Oxfam workers were killed Feb. 19, 2020, in the country's southernmost governorate.

We are deeply sad to report that two of our colleagues were killed today in an attack at 2 p.m. local time in Dar’a governorate in Southern Syria, between Nawa and Al-Yadudah.

Wissam Hazim, Southern Hub Staff Safety Officer and Adel Al-Halabi, a driver, were both killed when their vehicle was attacked by a so-far unidentified armed group. An Oxfam volunteer was also injured.

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

“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,” said Moutaz Adham, Oxfam Syria country director. “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 lifesaving assistance to civilians without being attacked themselves.”

Last year Oxfam in Syria helped over 1.2 million people with aid, including clean water, cash, essential clothing items, and support to help make a living and grow nutritious food.

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