· After receiving permission from the Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) to work with additional local organizations, WFP announced plans to scale up its beneficiary caseload by 1 million people, targeting all 2.5 million people identified as in need of food assistance by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
· Harsh winter weather, including heavy snowfall, torrential rains, and freezing temperatures in areas of Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey, has affected vulnerable populations within Syria as well as Syrians displaced to neighboring countries.
· Torrential rainfall resulted in flooding at the Za’atri displacement camp in northern Jordan in early January, inundating 77 tents and prompting some residents to seek shelter in U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) school buildings. The floods subsided with improved weather conditions and drainage efforts.
· On January 6, SARG President Bashar al-Asad made his first public appearance in several months, reiterating his stance against opposition forces and proposing a SARG-developed plan to end the conflict, including a national reconciliation conference, democratic elections, and constitutional reforms. President Asad did not discuss rising internal and external displacement and urgent humanitarian needs.