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About OCHA Syria

  Offices that support the response to the Syria crisis




Syria remains a complex humanitarian and protection emergency characterized by over 10 years of ongoing hostilities and their long-term consequences including widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure, economic collapse, explosive ordnance contamination and the largest number of internally displaced people in the world.

More recently, the accelerating economic deterioration and COVID-19 have become additional key drivers of needs, compounding vulnerabilities even further.

Eleven years of crisis have inflicted immense suffering on the civilian population, who have been subject to massive and systematic violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. Access to basic services, including water, electricity and healthcare is increasingly limited, further reducing the resilience of the population.

In 2022, 14.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, an increase of 1.2 million from 2021.

Despite receiving only 46 per cent of the required funds for the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan, Syria remains one of the largest humanitarian responses in the world, with assistance delivered to 6.8 million people on average per month in 2021.