Dar’a al-Baled City with an estimated population of 15,000 - 25,000 people has recently come under intensified insecurity. A substantial increase in conflict has been recorded with displacements in Dar’a, Jizeh, Mseifra, Mzeireb and Busra Esh-Sham sub districts. Between 10 February – 14 February, the number of displaced people have increased from an estimated 3,365 IDPs to an estimated 7,020 IDPs. If the battle continues at current pace, it is expected that the majority of Dar'a Al-Baled population will displace largely to the farms and villages of South Eastern Dar'a Governorate. Rapid Needs Assessment conducted by WFP with its partners on ground in 8 locations indicate that food and shelter are the top priorities of the displaced people.In case of further increase in hostilities the city’s two main bakeries which are currently open are expected to close and production may be moved elsewhere making it further difficult to access bread - a critical staple food.
Response by sector partners
From Jordan hub WFP and its partner ACTED/AFAQ have regular food assistance programme in the locations in Eastern Dar’a that have reportedly received the majority of the IDPs as well as the locations from where IDPs have moved.
In their monthly plan, WFP and its partners serve around 75,000 people (15,000 families) in Eastern Dar’a.
The people who are moving south of Eastern Dar’a are receiving Ready to Eat Rations (RTEs) on an ongoing basis. As of 13 February WFP with its partners (ACTED/AFAQ) have reached 7,055 people (1,411 HHs) in the Farms around Dar’a Farms, Sayda, Jizeh, Tiba, Um Elmayathen, Sahwa and Nasib , Kahil, Ghasm, Moraba, Karak, Mseifra and Mataeiyeh locations with Ready To Eat Rations that will last up to 5 days for a family of 5.
A sector partner present in Western Dar’a is currently assessing the IDPs that have moved there and will be able to provide immediate food assistance to them in the next 72 hours.
A partner that provides flour to bakeries in the affected areas reported that flour and yeast were available with the bakeries, and it’s expected that as of now the bakeries will be able to serve the bread needs of the communities.