Ar Raqqah offensive displaces more than 271,200 people; up to 25,000 people remain in five Ar Raqqah neighborhoods
State/PRM partner UNHCR commences expansion of Areesheh IDP camp in anticipation of additional IDP arrivals from Ar Raqqah and Dayr az Zawr governorates
Health actors record 62 attacks on health care facilities from January to June
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-led offensive to retake the northern Syria city of Ar Raqqah from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to result in population displacement and increased humanitarian needs. Between June 1 and August 15, conflict displaced nearly 63,900 people from and within Ar Raqqah Governorate, according to the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, the coordinating body for humanitarian CCCM activities, comprising UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders.
As security conditions allow, humanitarian organizations, including U.S. Government (USG) partners the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Program (WHO), as well as NGOs, are responding to the urgent humanitarian needs of conflict-affected people in Ar Raqqah and neighboring governorates. As of June, restored overland access to Al Hasakah Governorate from Aleppo Governorate was allowing USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) to deliver emergency assistance to support approximately 400,000 people in Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, and Dayr az Zawr.
Between January and June, the Health Cluster recorded 62 attacks on 43 health care facilities in Syria—a 25 percent increase in attacks targeting health care facilities compared to the same period in 2016. The attacks resulted in at least 46 deaths and wounded at least 89 people, according to the Health Cluster.
Since March, the UN has confirmed 33 cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus in Syria, including one case in Ar Raqqah, one case in Homs Governorate, and 31 cases in Dayr az Zawr. To mitigate the risk of further disease transmission, WHO and UNICEF are conducting vaccination campaigns targeting children ages five years and younger in Dayr az Zawr, Ar Raqqah, and southern parts of neighboring Al Hasakah.