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Statement attributed to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria ad interim, Mr Sudipto Mukerjee on missile attacks on residential areas in Damascus [EN/AR]

22 February 2024

 I am gravely concerned about yesterday’s missile attacks on a residential building in Kafr Sousa neighbourhood in Damascus, less than 250 meters from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) office

The attacks resulted in two deaths and one injury in addition to severe material damage in the largely residential area. An adjacent school was rendered inoperable. Students and teachers were reportedly found in extreme state of distress.
Only weeks into 2024, Damascus has been hit five times by airstrikes and missile attacks causing deaths and injuries and severely damaging civilian infrastructure. In January, an attack targeted the largely residential neighbourhood of western Mazzeh in Damascus in close proximity to several UN offices.

These attacks further complicate the situation in Syra, interrupt humanitarian activities, and disrupt humanitarian access. Civilians in Syria continue to suffer from damages inflicted on civilian infrastructure, further degrading their wellbeing and ability to access services.

I reiterate that international humanitarian law must be strictly respected at all times. International humanitarian law explicitly prohibits directing attacks against civilians and civilian objects. In addition, constant care must be taken, throughout any military operations, to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure.


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Sudipto Mukerjee

Sudipto Mukerjee

UNDP Representative
Sudipto Mukerjee is an Architect and Town Planner with more than two decades of experience in international development. He is a joint recipient of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISoCaRP, Netherlands) and IKEA Foundation sponsored International Urban Ecology Award.

Sudipto has previously worked with the Government of India (1992-1997), UK Department for International Development (1998 - March 2005 as Infrastructure and Urban Advisor) and UN - Habitat (2005-2009, Head of Country Office).

He joined UNDP in September 2009 in the Iraq Country Office and has since worked as Country Director at Sierra Leone (August 2013 - October 2016) and Resident Representative in UNDP Bangladesh (October 2016 – August 2022). He has now been re-assigned to the Syrian Arab Republic as the UNDP Resident Representative.

Sudipto possesses significant experience in UN Country Programming and UNCT Coordination and is in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Pool.

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