In the Democratic Republic of Congo, violent clashes are continuing to hamper efforts to contain the most recent Ebola outbreak. Operations were suspended again after two Ebola health workers were killed last week � the latest in a string of attacks thwarting containment efforts.

In Libya, Yemen, and Syria, meanwhile, ongoing fighting has thwarted food deliveries and other humanitarian operations. Airstrikes have routinely destroyed hospitals and killed health workers.

Last year was the second worst year for aid worker security with 399 aid workers affected by major violence in 221 separate attacks. In Syria, more than 76 health workers were killed last year, making it one of the most dangerous places to work.

Conflict is also leading to government blockages or suspension of aid. A recent report from the UK think tank Chatham House showed how aid has been politicised in Syria. Similarly, s UN official warned on 17 July that Yemenis were dying because of funding delays from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates � two countries involved in the Yemen war.

Our round-up this week explores how armed conflict hampers humanitarian aid, the challenges relief organisations face while operating in conflict zones, and the ways in which they are navigating them.

Source: The New Humanitatian

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