Syria - Humanitarian assistance
The cessation of hostilities - in effect since 27 February – has considerably reduced the overall level of violence in Syria. Ground fighting and airstrikes have continued in some pockets; including in and around Aleppo city, Daret Azza west of the city, and the northern town of A’zaz. In this respect, although the cessation of hostilities is helping to improve humanitarian access in northwest Syria, aerial bombardment and attacks against heavily populated areas remain important concerns.
More than 75 700 persons have been displaced in Aleppo governorate since February; out of these about 12 000 fled westwards to Idleb governorate. These recently displaced families and several thousands of others displaced before – are staying in informal settlements, overcrowded camps, and precarious conditions in border and other high-risk areas. The A’zaz district with camps, informal settlements and hosting communities at full capacity is the most affected area by the recent population displacement from Aleppo.
The delivery of humanitarian assistance across the borders from southern Turkey continues. In the past month, UN agencies and partners have delivered aid to more than 900 000 persons in need in the governorates of Aleppo, Hama and Idleb. In the same period, NGOs have also sent 324 truckloads of humanitarian aid into northern Syria across the border from Turkey.
In central Syria, a joint UN/SARC convoy delivered food and nutrition supplies to 20 000 people residing in the besieged area of Kafr Batna in Rural Damascus. Assistance was distributed to families in the locations of Saqba, Ain Terma and Hazza. A total of 21 000 vaccines have also been delivered to Douma in East Ghoutta.
UN Agencies and partners will continue to deliver aid to remaining besieged and priority hard-to-reach locations in Rural Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo once access and approvals are granted by parties to the conflict.