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Syria: Situation update on north-east

05 Nov 2019


On 11 October 2019, in Syria, children are transported on the back of a truck as families displaced from Ras Al-ain arrive in Tal Tamer, 75 km south-east, having fled escalating violence. Credit: UNICEF/Delil Souleiman 

The UN remains deeply concerned for the safety and protection of hundreds of thousands of civilians in north-east Syria following reports of sporadic fighting and violence.

With fighting ongoing, people continue to flee. Between 30 and 31 October, at least 11,340 people were forced to leave villages in Tal Tamer sub-district.

Some 108,500 people, including more than 47,000 children, are currently displaced from fighting since 9 October. The majority are staying with host communities or relatives in Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor governorates. Nearly 17,000 people are accommodated in 79 active collective shelters.

The latest violence compounds an already dire humanitarian situation in the north-east. Of the 3 million people there, 1.8 million were already in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 900,000 in acute need, before 9 October. More than 710,000 of those living in the area were already internally displaced.

The UN continues to call on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.