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    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The United Nations in Syria said in a statement that a humanitarian third party mission had been attacked in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, adding that a driver from a local NGO had been injured in the shooting.

    "The United Nations (UN) in Syria strongly condemns yesterday’s attack on a joint humanitarian mission in northeast Syria in the eastern line of Deir-ez-Zor, namely the Shihiel-Busayrah sub-district. A Syrian driver from a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) was injured in the attack and is currently receiving medical treatment," the statement read.

    US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles are designed to conduct airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
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    The mission’s activities in the area were aimed at assessing in advance distribution of humanitarian aid to internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the province, the statement added.

    "Attacks on humanitarian aid workers are a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law and severely impact the humanitarian community's ability to provide life-saving assistance and services to people in desperate need, including women, children and elderly people who are increasingly vulnerable as hostilities continue," the statement pointed out.

    While most of Syria's Deir ez-Zor Province is controlled by the Syrian government and the predominantly-Kurdish, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Daesh* (ISIS) terrorists remain active in the region. On November 30, the SDF launched a major offensive against Daesh terrorists in the southeast of the province, according to Al Masdar News.

    The SDF also recently announced the November 22 capture of a high-ranking Daesh leader in Deir ez-Zor province; Osama al-Awaid was captured in an operation by the Kurdish-led group's counter-terror unit in Ta’ana village, where he had been in hiding, the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reports.


    READ MORE: US Coalition Strike Kills Over 30 Civilians in Deir ez-Zor — Syrian State Media

    Since 2011, Syria has been suffering from a military conflict exacerbated by the activities of terror groups that brought the country to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.




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