Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Syria Crisis (ECHO/SYR/BUD/2012/91000) Last update: 12/12/12 Version 4

Report
from European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
Published on 12 Dec 2012 View Original

The granting of financial assistance to support Actions covered by the 4 th assessment round of this HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available from the 2012 general budget of the European Union.

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

The situation in Syria has deteriorated throughout the whole country, affecting all the governorates. The insecurity and volatile situation on the ground are preventing the delivery of aid at times of intense fighting. The revised working figures of the United Nations are: 3 million persons affected, 2.5 million in need of assistance, 1.2 million displaced, 461,000 refugees (this includes 81,000 individuals awaiting registration). Altogether the revised Syria Humanitarian Response Plan requires USD 348 million. The UNconsider that by the beginning of 2013, 4 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria.

The deterioration inside Syria has accelerated the influx of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries as well as the exit of over 12,000 Palestinian refugees (mainly to Lebanon) and more than 33,000 Iraqi refugees returning to Iraq. Despite all their efforts, the capacities of governments and the international community to respond to the needs are under strain. UNHCRrevised the Regional Response (27 September in Geneva): taking into consideration the new planned number of refugees, the appeal represents USD 488 million.

In view of the deteriorating humanitarian situation and the growing needs in Syria and its neighbouring countries, the European Commission has decided to increase by EUR 30 million the budget of the 2012 HIP. This additional funding will be mainly used to respond to the priority needs, inter alia, in terms of medical emergency response, drugs shortage, foodnutritional items, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and shelter for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees and host communities. It will also permit to cover needs and mitigate special vulnerability of Palestinian refugees.