- ALNAP: Current accountability options for crimes under international law committed in Syria
- OCHA: Al Hasakeh, Situation Report No.2 (30 Jun–5 Jul 2015)
- USG for Humanitarian Affairs/ERC, Stephen O’Brien: Statement to the Security Council on Syria, New York, 28 Jul 2015
Appeals & Funding
- 2015 Strategic Response Plan: Syrian Arab Republic
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Regional Strategic Overview
- UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2015
- Guide to Giving (January 2014)
Distinguished members of the Security Council,
With much regret, my inaugural statement to the Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria continues where my predecessor left off, chronicling yet another month of grim statistics to convey the horrors of a brutal conflict and the immense suffering of beleaguered civilians, particularly women, children, the elderly and those living with disabilities.
(Baghdad, 28 July 2015): The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande today welcomed a contribution of US$10 million from the Government of Japan for life-saving and stabilisation activities in Iraq. “We are so grateful for this contribution. Just yesterday, we announced that humanitarian organizations have been forced to close 184 frontline health facilities. Japan's generosity will help us to keep many programmes open for the next several months", Ms. Grande said.
• LCRP mid-year review to be launched
• WFP halves food assistance amidst severe funding shortfall
• Number of Lebanese returnees increase by 30 per cent compared to 2013
• UNRWA suspends cash for housing; food assistance at risk
• REACH assessment reveals vulnerable communities’ priorities
• Multi-sectoral support enhances municipal services and response
• HC endorses 25 protection and innovative projects amounting to $3.7M
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Thousands of civilians at risk due to escalated fighting in Az-Zabdani
Fighting between Government and allied forces and Non State Armed Groups has escalated significantly since 3 July in and around Az-Zabdani town, an area located northwestern Rural Damascus 12 km from the Lebanese border and 46 km north-west of Damascus. This area has been under the control of non-state armed groups since October 2012.
The Department of Social Affairs estimates that 120,000 people were displaced from Al-Hasakeh city as a result of fighting from 25 to 30 June. As of 4 July, almost 35,000 of these internally displaced persons have been identified by humanitarian as sheltering in northern regions of Al-Hasakeh governorate.
No new displacement has been reported, and 16,000 people have returned to Al-Hasakeh city.
Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.