Syria: UNRWA condemns armed attack against one of its installations in Dera’a Camp

14 April 2022

Early on 9 April 2022, two individuals on a motorbike opened fire on the UNRWA health centre in Dera’a camp, Syria and threw an explosive device inside the compound, causing minor material damage. No injuries or fatalities were sustained during the incident. The health centre - that had been damaged in 2013 during the conflict - was under rehabilitation at the time of the incident.

UNRWA condemns this direct attack on one of its installations in the strongest terms. United Nations’ premises are neutral and protected under international law.

UNRWA implements a strict no-weapons policy in all its installations as part of the Agency's efforts to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA is progressively rehabilitating various installations in Dera’a camp, including the health centre, to ensure vulnerable Palestine refugees can access the services easily.   

The Agency demands full respect of the inviolability and neutrality of United Nations premises at all times. Any action that puts beneficiaries or UNRWA staff at risk or undermines the ability of the Agency to provide assistance to Palestine refugees in safety and security is not acceptable.

UNRWA reiterates its previous call that all parties must protect civilians and safeguard civilian infrastructure, including UNRWA installations in the Dera’a Governorate.