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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

14 Jul 2020

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Al Hol camp, Hasakeh Governorate, Syria, 16 June 2019. Credit: OCHA/Halldorsson

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: 14 July 2020

Syria: Update on the north-east

The UN is concerned about the welfare of 1.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the north-east of Syria, including 1.1 million people who are in acute need.

This includes nearly half a million displaced people throughout the north-east, including in Al-Hol, where more than 65,000 people (two thirds of them children) live in challenging humanitarian conditions.

To date, six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the north-east, including one death.

As is the case elsewhere in Syria, the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 are adding significant pressure on already vulnerable families in the north-east.

The cost of food and other basic commodities in the north-east is among the highest in Syria. In Deir-ez-Zor, in June, the cost of food rose more than 60 per cent in just one month. In Al-Hasakeh, food now costs 240 per cent more compared with the same time last year.

This pressure on vulnerable communities, particularly those who have been displaced multiple times, comes at a time when they are already struggling with depleted resources and the cumulative and devastating effects of nearly 10 years of crisis.

The UN stresses the need for full and regular humanitarian access to all areas in the north-east and elsewhere in Syria.