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Syria: Hostilities continue to displace hundreds of thousands of people

06 Jul 2018
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Khan Arnabeh, Quneitera 6 March 2018. Credit: OCHA/Ghalia Seifo

On 5 July, intense air and ground-based strikes on Dar’a city and eastern and western rural areas resulted in the reported death of 18 people including 14 children and 3 women with several more injured. In south-western Syria, military operations have displaced up to 325,000 people are reported to be displaced since 17 June. Of those, up to 189,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have moved to areas near the Golan and up to 59,000 people were displaced to areas near the Al-Nasib border crossing with Jordan.

The immediate needs of displaced Syrians, many of whom are children, include shelter, water, food, medical care and sanitation.

The living conditions of IDPs along border areas are extremely difficult, as they lack adequate shelter, sanitation facilities, basic assistance and access to services. Up to 70 per cent of those in western parts of Quneitra are reported to be without shelter, exposed to dusty desert winds and high temperatures.

Despite sustained hostilities, access constraints and reduced partner capacity on the ground, the United Nations and partners continue to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of IDPs and stand ready to further scale up their operations. This requires that all responsible parties facilitate safe and unimpeded access to people in need, in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

In figures

 

Up to 325,000 people displaced in southwestern Syria

Up to 248,000 IDPs located at the Jordanian border and near the Golan

123,545 people received monthly food rations under the second line IDP response (24,709 households)

37.8 tons of medical supplies and medicines have been provided/in process of being provided

 


Khan Arnabeh, Quneitera 6 March 2018. Credit: OCHA/Ghalia Seifo

In coordination with the Government of Jordan, United Nations have provided lifesaving assistance including food, water, soap, sanitary items, shelter, and medical supplies and equipment for the tens of thousands of Syrians by the Jordanian border. Additional items remain on standby in Jordan until the security situation allows delivery into southwest Syria.

The Government of Syria reportedly also continued to deliver aid including food, medicines, mobile clinic, fuel, and flour in addition to dispatching electricity and water network maintenance teams to areas that came under their control in eastern rural Dara’a.

Syrian Arab Red Crescent is responding to the needs of internally displaced people in Dara’a governorate at three corridors and at temporary shelters with health, WASH, food, shelter and core relief items. SARC is also responding to those villages, including with UN supplies.

The UN reiterates its readiness to scale up aid and calls on all parties to the conflict to facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid and protection to people in need, in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law. The UN calls on all parties to take all necessary measures to safeguard civilian lives, allow freedom of movement, and protect civilian infrastructure, at all times and in accordance with international humanitarian law.