Syrian Arab Republic: Humanitarian Dashboard 17 December 2012
Recent trends: The security situation deteriorates as conflict has spread across large parts of the country, including to heavily populated areas. Increasing numbers of people are displaced both internally and across borders. The number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa continues to increase, reaching over 525,000. As winter approaches, vulnerabilities of affected people are increasing.
Impact: The violence has led to the killing of thousands of men, women and children, including some deliberately targeted.Countless homes, clinics, hospitals, schools and other essential services and infrastructure such as water and sanitation networks have been destroyed or severely damaged. Large-scale displacement is resulting in over-crowded shelters. Host communities’ capacity to support is overstretched. Violence makes it difficult for people to have access to safe water, food and health care.
Response: Humanitarian partners continue to deliver critical life-saving assistance; however, the deteriorating security situation is severely hampering field missions and aid delivery. During the months of November and December, several incidents involving humanitarian assets took place.
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