There are now close to 500,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. An average of 8,000 Syrians are crossing into Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey every day, putting intense pressure on these countries politically, socially and economically.
UNHCR reports that refugee arrivals to Jordan have slowed over the last few days but cannot confirm the reason. Fewer than 30 refugees arrived over the first half of this week, compared to the usual 1,000 to 2,000 a day. UNHCR is monitoring the situation.
Inter-agency partners are reviewing the planning figures and funding requirements for the Regional Response Plan until December 2013. According to the humanitarian planning some 3.5 million people may seek asylum in the neighbouring countries by December.
UNFPA and UNHCR co-led an inter-agency SGBV workshop to identify programming and advocacy priorities, and define contextually-appropriate interventions across the region, in order to develop action plans in coordination with Governments and other partners.
Some 20 INGOs working in more than one country to respond to the Syria crisis have come together to create a Syria Emergency INGO Regional Forum. The Forum, which will focus primarily on advocacy and work closely with existing country forums as well as NGO consortia.