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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria

19 Feb 2021


Families displaced by the violence in Idleb, Syria (January 2020). © HFO Project Syria via OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 February 2021


Ten years into the Syria crisis, humanitarian needs are deepening.

A convergence of factors, including armed conflict, a sinking economy and COVID-19, are contributing to growing needs across Syria. Health, water and sanitation infrastructure are poor or non-existent all around the country.

As of January 2021, around 13.4 million people are estimated to require some form of humanitarian and protection assistance. This is an increase of more than 2 million people compared with 2020.

Some of the greatest needs are in food insecurity. The World Food Programme estimates that at least 12.4 million people, nearly 60 per cent of the population, are now food insecure. In one year, an additional 4.5 million Syrians have become food insecure.

About 2 million Syrians are estimated to be living in extreme poverty, and an estimated 2.4 million children are out of school.

Humanitarian assistance is a lifeline for millions of people in Syria, making the humanitarian response in all its forms – including cross-line and cross-border – critical.

In 2020, an average of 7.6 million people were helped each month with humanitarian assistance, an increase of 1.9 million people compared with 2019.