Ar Raqqah offensive displaces nearly 268,800 people since April; up to 8,000 people remain in two neighborhoods in city of Ar Raqqah
Humanitarian convoys reach city of Dayr az Zawr following SARG military advances into the city in September
USG humanitarian assistance to Syria reaches nearly $7.5 billion since start of Syria crisis
An estimated 6.3 million people are internally displaced in Syria, while more than 5.3 million Syrian refugees remain displaced to neighboring countries, according to the UN. 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—recorded more than 948,600 displacements from conflict-affected areas throughout Syria from September 2016 to September 2017, with an estimated 39,000 new displacements recorded in September 2017 alone. As of September 27, nearly 3 million people were residing in UN-identified hard-to-reach (HTR) areas of the country, including more than 419,900 people living in besieged locations.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) offensive to recapture Ar Raqqah Governorate from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to result in population displacement and increased humanitarian needs. Between April 1 and September 27, the CCCM Cluster registered nearly 268,800 displacements from or within Ar Raqqah. As security conditions allow, humanitarian organizations are responding to the urgent needs of conflict-affected people in Ar Raqqah and neighboring governorates.
On September 21, the U.S. Government (USG) announced more than $697 million in humanitarian funding for Syria and neighboring countries. The announcement, which was made by State/PRM Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw, includes nearly $263 million from USAID/OFDA, more than $242 million from USAID/FFP, and nearly $192 million from State/PRM to support humanitarian assistance inside Syria as well as humanitarian efforts in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and the broader region.