Syria: Flash update on recent events - 03 May 2017

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 03 May 2017

This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).

KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS (AS OF 25 APRIL 2017)

  • 771,541 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:

    • 751,468 displacements from affected areas of northern Syria, including Aleppo (401,708), Hama (133,053), Idleb (97,495), Ar-Raqqa (98,263), Homs (10,418), Al-Hassakeh (5,294), Deir-Ez-Zor (5,237),
      Lattakia (41) governorates, northern Syria. This includes around 120,005 new displacements recorded in April 2017 alone, with the majority from Ar-Raqqa Governorate (55,775) and Hama Governorate (31,995).

    • 20,073 displacements from affected areas of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Sweida and Dar’a, southwestern Syria. This includes around 4,646 new displacements recorded in April 2017 alone, with the large majority from Rural Damascus (4,620).

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • On 1 May, dozens of displaced Iraqis were killed and many injured in a deadly attack by extremist groups at the Rajm Slebi crossing point, south-east of Al-Hassakeh Governorate, on the border with Iraq. Most of the injured have been moved to hospitals in Al-Hassakeh, some in critical conditions.

  • With the intensification of military operation in Tabqqa, north of Ar-Raqqa city, increased numbers of people were displaced from various areas of Ar-Raqqa Governorate. The total number of displacements from the Governorate since 1 April has reached 55,775 individuals, out of which 50,726 individuals were displaced inside the Governorate, while 2,295 individuals were displaced to Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, 2,023 to Aleppo Governorate, 654 to Idleb Governorate and 77 to Hama Governorate.

  • The United National Secretary-General announced on 27 April the appointment of Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as the new head of the independent three-member panel to lead the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) established by Security Council Resolution 2235 (2015) on the use chemical weapons in Syria. The Secretary-General reiterated his gratitude to the outgoing head of the JIM, Virginia Gamba of Argentina.

  • On 27 April, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien briefed the Security Council on Syria. Mr. O’Brien said that he is gravely concerned about the situation in the besieged opposition-held area of Eastern Ghouta, outside of Damascus, where the UN has been unable to access 400,000 people since October 2016. In ArRaqqa,

Mr. O’Brien noted that the situation for IDPs living in camps is difficult, with four out of five people lacking proper shelter. Mr. O’Brien called for a consolidation of a nationwide ceasefire, in particular a pause in fighting in Eastern Ghouta to enable the delivery of aid, and the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure by all parties to the conflict.

  • Following a comprehensive review, the United Nations now estimates that 4.53 million people in need are living in hard-to-reach locations including 624,500 people living in besieged locations as of 27 April. This is a decrease from 4.72 million people in January 2017.