Nearly half of the 6.8 million people affected by the crisis in Syria are children. Over 1.5 million Syrians have already fled into neighboring countries. All are in urgent need of assistance. During the reporting period UNICEF and partners scaled up efforts in support of national immunization campaigns, ensuring that children across all affected countries continue to be vaccinated against preventable diseases.
Close to 1.4 million refugees are seeking asylum and exerting growing pressure on neighbouring countries, particularly Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Registration data shows the top places of origin as Homs (23.3%), Daraa (15.1%), Hassakeh (14.1%) and rural Damascus (13.2%) of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt (excluding Turkey).
Over 1.3 million refugees are living in neighbouring countries, stretching the capacity of host governments to accommodate new arrivals.
The situation has reached a breaking point. Needs are growing exponentially as we reach 120 per cent of the 1.1 million refugee population planning figure for June 2013. Humanitarian partners are expanding operations in response.