Syrian Arab Republic: Aleppo Situation Report No. 16 (13 March 2017)

Highlights

  • A total of 141,493 people have been registered in the newly accessible neighbourhoods of Aleppo city. Some 45,850 people remain displaced towards the western part of the city, and 5,275 people reside in the Jibreen collective shelter, some of them newly displaced from rural eastern Aleppo

  • On 8 February 2017, the SARC Aleppo distribution point in Al-Hamadaniya neighborhood was impacted by shelling, resulting in the death of one SARC staff and two beneficiaries, and the injury of an additional seven SARC volunteers and staff and many beneficiaries.

  • Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and landmines continue to put civilians in Aleppo at risk, and have led to severe injuries (24 cases reported) and deaths (16 cases reported) in February.

  • To help address the magnitude of humanitarian needs in Aleppo, the HC-led Syria Humanitarian Fund has allocated US$19 million to eight sectoral and multi-sectoral projects.

Situational Overview

Although the overall security situation inside Aleppo city is stable, on 8 February 2017, at 2:30pm, the SARC Aleppo distribution point in Al-Hamadaniya neighborhood was impacted by shelling, resulting in the death of one SARC staff, two beneficiaries and the injury of an additional seven SARC volunteers and many beneficiaries. Two women who had come to the center to receive humanitarian assistance were killed and many others were injured. Additionally, ongoing fighting around the Al Bab area has resulted in an influx of 140 people to Jibreen collective shelter, while no precise numbers are available as to how many people might have been displaced from Al Bab to the residential neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

As of yet, a total of 141,493 IDPs have been registered in the newly accessible areas of Aleppo city, however, the areas are not yet considered conducive for return. Vast infrastructural damage hampers returns, and to date no systematic structural assessment has been carried out in the newly accessible neighbourhoods. Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) and landmines continue to put civilians in Aleppo city at risk, and have led to severe injuries (24 cases reported) and deaths (16 cases reported) in the past month.

During the reporting period, outreach volunteers from NGOs partnering with UNHCR conducted a coordinated needs assessment in the newly-accessible areas of Aleppo city. The exercise covered 53 neighborhoods, reaching 7,000 individuals, and provided an initial snapshot of the population profile. According to the information collected, almost 40 per cent of the surveyed families were female-headed households, and 18 per cent of all households had at least one family member with disabilities. According to the survey, 42 per cent of children are currently out of school, and reports of unaccompanied children were received.

Since 14 January, an estimated 1.8 million people in Aleppo (1.3 million in Aleppo city and 0.5 million in eastern rural Aleppo) continue to be disconnected from the main drinking water source located at the Euphrates river in an area under ISIL control. Although reports were received that GoS forces were able to take control of the Alkhafseh plant at Euphrates River on 7 March, at the time of writing there was no further information available regarding the condition of the water station. Should the facility not suffer significant damage, water accessibility in Aleppo governorate is expected to improve soon.
Finally, a comprehensive technical assessment of the electricity supply in Aleppo is urgently required, with a special focus on the newly accessible neighborhoods of Aleppo city, where lights in the main streets and electricity supply to social services, such as hospitals and schools, need to be urgently established.

To help respond to the needs in Aleppo, the Humanitarian Coordinator, through the Syria Humanitarian Fund, allocated close to 19 million USD to eight sectors, as well as multi-sector projects.

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