“Within the last 48 hours, there have been two separate incidents. According to initial reports, four aid workers and at least seven civilians queuing for emergency assistance in eastern Mosul city have been killed by indiscriminate mortar fire, with up to forty others injured. This is completely unacceptable and we condemn these actions in the strongest terms,” said Ms. Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.
“People waiting for aid are already vulnerable and need help. They should be protected, not attacked,” said Ms. Grande. “All parties to the conflict–all parties–have an obligation to uphold international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians survive and receive the assistance they need.” “The killing of civilians and aid workers violates every humanitarian principle. Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims and our brave colleagues and we call on authorities to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and account,” said Ms. Grande.
— OCHA Iraq (@OCHAIraq) December 22, 2016