In a strong statement issued on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed its condemnation of the deadly attack on the Pearl Beach Hotel and Restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The attack, which took place on Friday, resulted in the loss of 16 lives, including a staff member, and left over 10 people injured.
According to reports, the incident unfolded over several hours and involved armed perpetrators targeting the beachside hotel in the capital city of Somalia.
Malik Mamunur, the WHO representative in Somalia, expressed profound grief and offered condolences to the families of the victims.
Mamunur stated, “We condemn all attacks on innocent civilians and humanitarian aid workers and express our deepest condolences to the family members of all those who were killed in this attack.”
The WHO remains committed to its efforts in preserving health and responding to emergencies in Somalia.
Mamunur emphasized that the safety and security of their staff are of utmost importance to ensure the continuity of life-saving response operations.
Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, expressed deep sorrow over the tragic loss of life in the senseless attack, particularly highlighting the death of Nasra Hassan, a WHO national female staff member.
Hassan, 27, had recently joined the WHO country office in Somalia to support drought emergency response operations in Jubaland.
Al-Mandhari strongly denounced the attack, stating, “We condemn in the strongest terms this heinous attack on a hotel that claimed so many lives, including the precious life of one of our dearest colleagues.”
The WHO reaffirms its commitment to providing assistance and support in the face of such devastating incidents.