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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Syria - Yemen

04 May 2021

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Community volunteers lead a session for children outlining measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Al Hol camp in north-east Syria, April 2020. © UNICEF/UNI333070/Souleiman

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 4 May 2021

Syria

The UN is concerned about the situation of the estimated 60,000 people living in Al Hol camp in the north-east of Syria. We are particularly concerned about the rising cases of COVID-19 across Syria, including at Al Hol.

To date, 39 positive cases of COVID-19 and 6 related deaths have been reported at Al Hol. Humanitarian organizations are supporting contact tracing, recognizing that a wider outbreak could be devastating to the already vulnerable families in the camp.

UN and humanitarian partners are supporting the COVID-19 Treatment Facility at Al Hol and providing health, water and sanitation assistance to mitigate the transmission of the virus.

The long-standing aid response to the camp continues to be a lifeline to the thousands of families living there.

More than 31,000 children live in Al Hol camp – more than half the camp population – and are under the age of 12. No child should grow up in a place like Al Hol.

The UN continues to stress that long-term, durable solutions are needed for all residents at Al Hol – whether they be Syrian, Iraqi, or from another country. Any returns must also be voluntary, safe, fully informed and dignified.

The UN further emphasizes the need for full and regular humanitarian access to Al Hol so that all of the 60,000-plus residents continue to receive all essential assistance.

 

Yemen

Torrential rains and flooding have continued across many parts of Yemen since mid-April. Needs assessments are ongoing, with initial reports indicating that more than 22,000 people have been affected so far, most of whom are internally displaced. Intensified rain over recent days has caused multiple deaths and injuries, as well as large-scale damage to infrastructure, homes and shelters.

Humanitarian partners are mobilizing to scale up the response. Work is under way to distribute food baskets, non-food items and cash assistance, as well as to relocate displaced people to higher ground.

Yemen’s rainy season runs from April to August. Last year, once-in-a-generation flooding killed scores of people and caused hundreds of thousands to lose their homes, incomes and livelihoods.