The number of Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Egypt is 18,404 individuals (6,883 families) as of 20th of February 2013. In addition, there are some 10,000 Syrians awaiting registration, bringing the number of total Syrians in contact with UNHCR to more than 28,000 individuals.
Syrian refugees face a number of challenges regarding their protection, health care, education and livelihood. UNHCR and its partners are striving to support them.
In February, World Food Programme (WFP), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), and Mahmoud Mosque Society started implementing programs designed to support Syrian refugees in Egypt. An interagency mission was conducted in Alexandria and Damietta to assess the needs of Syrians living there and explore available facilities.