UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, visited Syria this week; seeking a unilateral ceasefire for Eid Al-Adha. UN agencies, including UNICEF, are taking necessary measures to provide expanded outreach and assistance if the pause materialises.
UNICEF has opted to use gas for water heating in Za’atari camp and has completed the design of the winterized WASH units, which will be operational by early November.
The security situation in Lebanon has deteriorated after the bomb blast last Friday which killed, among others, the head of the intelligence branch of the Internal Security Forces.
The Government of Turkey confirmed that Syrian children in camps will be taught in Arabic according to a Syrian curriculum.
In Syria, to date, UNICEF has provided access for 107,000 people to improve hygiene and 6,000 people to drinking water; 32,000 children benefited from psychosocial support; around 23,000 children are in education programmes; and 285,000 children have been vaccinated against measles.
In the surrounding countries, the number of registered refugees increased by 8 per cent from 253,905 to 274,712; some 142,850 are children and around 52,195 are children under five. This does not include the many tens of thousands of children who are not registered as refugees. Most of the increase in registered refugees came in Lebanon and Turkey.