Syria Staff Remembrance

UNRWA has nearly 4,000 staff working in Syria. The Agency relies on its staff to run its core education, health and relief services, in addition to providing humanitarian support to the 450,000 Palestine refugees in the war-torn country. To date, 17 have perished as a result of the conflict and a further 26 are missing and/or detained.

UNRWA presents its sincere condolences to the families of the 17 staff members:

  1. Abdul Aziz Hamouiyeh was a 39-year-old teacher at Haifa School in Mazzeh in Damascus. He was killed by a bullet in Damascus on 17 July 2012. He first joined UNRWA in 2006.
  2. Maher al-Khatib was a 52-year-old maintenance technician at Damascus Training Centre. He was killed during shelling on his house in Yarmouk on 6 September 2012. Al-Khatib joined the Agency in 1987.
  3. Jihad Suleiman was 28 when he was killed by a bullet to the chest while on his way to catch a bus from Yarmouk. He was a school attendant at Ara School in Jaramana camp in Damascus. He was killed on 9 September 2012. Suleiman started working for UNRWA in 2007.
  4. Hussam Humeidan was a 35-year-old teacher at Qalqilya School in Husseiniyeh in Damascus. Hussam died from a stray bullet on 28 September 2012 after being caught in crossfire at a checkpoint near his home in Sayyida Zeinab. He joined the Agency in 2006.
  5. Rehab Awadallah was 45 years old when she was killed on 5 November 2012 by an exploding shell while walking down Al-Jouni Street in Yarmouk. Rehab used to work as a teacher at an UNRWA school in Qaboun in Damascus.
  6. Nasri Hassan was a 52-year-old mathematics teacher at UNRWA Bir Sheeba School in Khan Eshieh camp. He died from injuries sustained during shelling on the camp on 14 March 2013.
  7. Muhannad Ashmawi was a 39-year-old school attendant at UNRWA Naqib al-Arabiyeh School in Yarmouk. He died on 14 July 2013 from sustained injuries caused by shelling on Palestine Street in Yarmouk.
  8. Imad Abdul-Hafeez, 50, was an education specialist in Qadam, near Damascus. He joined the Agency in 1990. Imad was kidnapped for ransom and killed on 7 August 2013 despite his family paying the money.
  9. Mohammad Awwad, 40, joined UNRWA as a maintenance technician at the Damascus Training Centre in July 2013. He was killed when a mortar shell struck his vehicle in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, instantly killing him and three other passengers on 24 November of that year.
  10. Suzan Ghazazweh, was a 57-year-old teacher at the UNRWA Abbasiyeh School in Muzeirib nearby Dera'a city. On 2 December 2013, she was killed when a shell struck near her home in the Shamal al-Khatt area of Dera'a. Suzan joined UNRWA in 2011.
  11. Houriyeh al-Seid, 50, was a senior staff nurse at the UNRWA health centre in Muzeirib in Dera'a. She was killed on 18 February 2014 by shrapnel when an explosive device struck near the Agency’s Ein El-Zeitoun school in Muzeirib. Houriyeh started working for UNRWA in 1988 as a practical nurse in the Qabr Essit health centre.
  12. Khadijeh Hadeed was a school principal in Kafr Sabt School in Alzahera near Damascus when an armed group entered her house, killing her, as well as her husband and daughter on 18 February 2014.
  13. Mohammad Mizel was a teacher at Tiberias School in Dera’a. He died on 21 August 2014 when a vehicle he was travelling in was struck by gunfire. Mohammad joined UNRWA in 1981.
  14. Kawthar Ibrahim was a 31-year-old project assistant in the Engaging Youth Project at the Sayyida Zeinab centre.  She was killed immediately when an explosion took place while she was on her way home from her office on 21 February 2016. Kawthar joined UNRWA in 2009.
  15. Ibrahim Mefleh was a sanitation labourer in Khan Eshieh camp near Damascus. He was killed from a head injury when a mortar fell near him on 26 February 2015, while he was returning from a funeral.
  16. Yaser Shuaeb was a 45-year-old UNRWA driver in Aleppo, working with UNRWA since 2015. On 17 July 2016, he was killed when shrapnel fragments struck his back as he was on his way home from work.
  17. Hussein Muhsen, 52 years old, was a distribution team leader and most recently a clerk at the UNRWA health centre in Khan Eshieh camp. Hussein was killed on 13 November 2016 when an airstrike hit a mosque in Khan Eshieh camp. He had served in UNRWA for 24 years.


last updated: February - 1 - 2018