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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #21, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The U.N. reports that the Syria conflict death toll exceeds 191,000 people and the refugee total surpasses 3 million people.

  • The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) delivers food assistance to 4.1 million people in August.

  • The adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2165 improves the U.N.’s humanitarian access in Syria.

  • Relief agencies continue to report deteriorating humanitarian conditions due to the protracted conflict.


  • According to an August 22 U.N. report, the conflict in Syria had resulted in more than 191,000 deaths as of April 2014—more than double the figure last reported by the U.N. in July 2013. On August 21, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that violence in Syria had resulted in the death of more than 180,000 people, including approximately 58,800 civilians, since the conflict began in March 2011.

  • On August 29, UNHCR reported that the number of Syrians seeking refuge outside of the country had surpassed 3 million people—an increase of more than 1 million people from August 2013. Approximately 6.4 million Syrians, more than 50 percent of whom are children—remain displaced inside the country.

  • Following attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Sinjar District of Iraq’s Ninewa Governorate that began in early August, tens of thousands of Iraqis fled into Syria’s Al Hasakah Governorate; the majority of the refugees have since departed Syria into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). As of August 26, UNHCR reported that approximately 6,000 Iraqi refugees remained in Al Hasakah Governorate’s Newroz camp—which formerly housed Syrian internally displaced persons (IDPs)—and an estimated 3,000 refugees were residing in nearby areas. UNHCR and other relief agencies, including a USAID/OFDA-funded non-governmental organization (NGO) working with Syrian IDPs in Al Hasakah Governorate, are assessing and responding to the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi refugees in Syria. As of August 19, the USAID/OFDA partner had provided more than 1,500 relief supply kits, including plastic sheeting, blankets, solar lamps, and other relief items, benefiting an estimated 8,600 Iraqi refugees. UNHCR also reports that more than 4,700 Syrians residing in the IKR have returned to Syria since August 1.


10.8 million
People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria
U.N. – June 2014

6.4 million
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria
U.N. – June 2014

3.0 million
Syrian Refugees in Neighboring Countries
Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – September 2014

1,180,000 Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
UNHCR – September 2014

Syrian Refugees in Turkey
UNHCR – September 2014

Syrian Refugees in Jordan
UNHCR – September 2014

Syrian Refugees in Iraq
UNHCR – September 2014

Syrian Refugees in Egypt
UNHCR – September 2014