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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria and Haiti

19 Sep 2022

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The seventh cross-line convoy has returned to Aleppo after delivering UN humanitarian supplies to north-west Syria. (Photo credit: OCHA Syria)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 19 September 2022

Syria

In Syria, a United Nations cross-line convoy of 16 trucks crossed from Aleppo to north-west Syria on 17-18 September.

The inter-agency convoy delivered 453 metric tonnes of food, nutrition, water and sanitation items, health kits, female dignity kits and other supplies to the World Food Programme warehouses in Sarmada and Dana of Idleb Governorate. We do not yet have a figure for people to be reached with the assistance.

This is the seventh cross-line convoy in line with the United Nations inter-agency operational plan developed after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2585 in July 2021.

Humanitarian conditions continue to decline in north-west Syria due to ongoing hostilities and a deepening economic crisis. 4.1 million people rely on aid to meet their most basic needs, 80 per cent of them are women and children.

While an important complement, the cross-line operation is at this time not able to substitute the size or scope of the massive United Nations cross-border operation.

Haiti

In Haiti, the situation continues to deteriorate but the weekend saw a relative lull in violence and most of the population was able to move and access markets.

While access to the international airport was temporarily restored, one of the gang coalitions continued to block access to the main port terminal “Varreux”, preventing fuel distribution.

The country’s telecommunications and water pump stations rely mostly on fuel to function and national companies warn of alarming shortages.

The United Nations programmes are on hold due to road blocks, demonstrations and limited access because of lack of fuel.

On another note, Fiona Hurricane reached the Dominican Republic today and is expected to run its course without directly affecting Haiti. We are closely monitoring its impact on the Dominican Republic, where there’s a risk of floods and landslides.

While mostly sparing Haiti, heavy rains and strong winds are expected and could cause flooding and affect crops and access to drinking water in the northern part of Haiti. We remain ready to support post-disaster rapid assessments as much as access allows.