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UNRWA staff member fatally shot in Syria

posted Sep 10, 2012, 3:56 PM by Syrian Transition   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 3:56 PM ]
10 Sept 2012 (New Europe) A 28 year old United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) staff member was fatally shot yesterday in Or’uba, Syria. The victim was heading to work when according to family sources he was shot in his chest while walking to the bus station just outside the southern border of Yarmouk residential area.

The perpetrator of the shooting remains unknown but there have been claims of sniper activity in the Yarmouk area and it is unclear whether his death was intended or accidental.

This is the second death of an UNRWA staff member that occurs in this particular area in the last three days and the Agency, whose mission is to help Palestinian refugees, is concerned about their safety and the lives of its staff since the ongoing conflict in Syria continues to worsen.

The situation is especially critical in the residential areas surrounding Yarmouk where civilians are facing serious life threats. As UNRWA reports, in the same area between 6 and 8 September ten Palestine refugees have been killed.

The internal conflict in Syria has been going on for almost 18 months now since March 2011, when people revolted and demanded the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. Since then, according to UN, approximately 18,000 human losses have taken place, mostly civilians, in everyday massacres and the situation clearly resembles a civil war now. The international community is seeking a way to de-escalate the tension and cease the conflict but Syria unfortunately does not seem willing to comply with UN suggestions.