Two Goal aid workers seriously injured in Syria air strike

One of the staff members in a critical condition while the other will require surgery

Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria. Pictures shows the aftermath of an air strike near Tikrit from Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria. Pictures shows the aftermath of an air strike near Tikrit from Friday. Photograph: Reuters

 

Two members of GOAL’s Syrian staff have suffered serious injuries following an air strike in northern Syria.

One of the staff members is in a critical condition while the other will require extensive reconstructive surgery.

A third Syrian staff member was also a victim of the attack, although their injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.

GOAL’s senior management is in contact with the families of the staff members involved.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of our colleagues,” said GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews. “We will do everything we can to support them, and all our Syria programme staff, with whatever they need over the coming days and weeks.

“This incident once again underlines the acute dangers that humanitarian aid workers face by working inside Syria. They are putting themselves in harm’s way each day in order to deliver critical aid like food and water to some of the people most affected by the conflict.

“The current level of violence in Syria is a blight on humanity and it is shameful how little energy and resolve is being applied to bringing the conflict to an end.

“One can only hope that incidents such as this will focus the minds of those attending the international pledging conference for Syria in Kuwait on Tuesday.”