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For Immediate Release

Press Release

IRC Reaction to Merefa, Ukraine School Attack

WASHINGTON -

Nora Love, Team Lead for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Ukraine said,

“The IRC is appalled to learn of reports of an attack on a school in Merefa, Ukraine today. The overnight airstrikes in the city killed over 20 people and 25 people have been injured. Civilian infrastructure such as schools and hospitals have frequently come under attack during this conflict, killing, injuring and threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Targeting civilians is a grave breach of International Humanitarian Law. The IRC is calling for all parties to uphold International Humanitarian Law and protect civilians, including vulnerable groups like women and children”.

The IRC is working with partners in Poland to provide information services through an existing hotline, offering legal counseling and psychological support, and will facilitate access to services (through social workers, interpreters, and cultural assistants) to displaced people. With partners in Ukraine IRC is also providing evacuation services and essential items to those that have become displaced according to individual needs. This could include blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothes or cash assistance.

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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

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