1-29 | As tensions increase between government forces and Mai-Mai militias in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on all parties to avoid harming civilians who have fled into the surrounding bush in their thousands. The exact extent of the displacement is hard to quantify, but most of the villages along the 115km road from Shamwana to Dubie are empty, as are villages along the 70km stretch between Shamwana and Mpiana.
1-28 | All parties to the conflict in Syria should respect patients, medical staff and health facilities, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). On 24 January a missile landed 800 metres from an MSF field hospital in the Aleppo area, although no casualties were reported. On 13 January, after an airstrike on a market in the nearby town of Azaz, 20 wounded were treated at MSF’s hospital.
1-25 | Two weeks after military operations began in northern Mali, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to work in the regions of Mopti, Gao, and Timbuktu. In addition, on the morning of January 24, a small MSF medical team managed to reach Konna, a town located 70 kilometers north of Mopti, in the pivotal area between Mali’s northern and southern sectors, where there has been intense fighting over the past week. Furthermore, nearly 6,000 new refugees were registered in Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso.Questions of Access
1-18 | On Tuesday, January 15, after aerial bombing and bombardment struck two localities in the west of Syria’s Idlib governorate, 44 wounded patients received emergency treatment in a field hospital operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Thirty-six wounded patients arrived early in the afternoon, after several barrels of explosives were dropped on a village, with one of those barrels landing close to a bakery. That night, MSF treated eight more patients injured by a rocket. Four of them died when they arrived at the hospital.