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Situation update on north-east Syria

14 Oct 2019


On 11 October 2019, a woman and children sit underneath a truck as people displaced from Ras al-Ain, in north-east Syria, arrive in Tal Tamer, 75 km south-east of Ras al-Ain, having fled escalating violence. Credit: UNICEF/Delil Souleiman  

At least 160,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by the recent military developments and escalating violence in north-east Syria.

While exact numbers are yet to be confirmed, OCHA estimates that the civilians have been displaced from areas around Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain. Most of the displaced are staying with relatives or host communities, but increasing numbers are arriving at collective shelters in the area.

There are also heightened concerns for thousands of vulnerable displaced persons, including women and children at various camps for internally displaced people. This includes Al Hol camp in Al-Hassakeh, which currently hosts more than 68,000 people, 94 per cent of whom are women and children.

The latest fighting compounds an already dire humanitarian situation in north-east Syria. Of the 3 million women, children and men in north-east Syria, 1.8 million were already in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 910,000 in acute need. Nearly 710,000 of those living in the area were already internally displaced.