This update is based on information from the UNHCR co-led Sectors/Clusters of CCCM, Shelter/NFI and Protection, and reflects recent displacement occurring in northern and southern Syria.
- Displacement in affected areas of Aleppo and Idleb governorates (as at 22 February) due to fighting since 1 February 2016:
o 75,175 people newly displaced since 1 February.
- Displacement in affected areas of southern Syria (as at 25 February) due to fighting since November 2015:
o Around 53,540 newly displaced due to fighting since November 2015.
MAIN NEW POPULATION MOVEMENTS
In northern Syria, there have been 63,702 newly displaced persons in Aleppo Governorate since 1 February, and 11,473 newly displaced in Idleb Governorate since 1 February (figures as at 22 February).
In southern Syria, the overall number of displaced is 53,540 people (figures as at 25 February), an increase from 43,000 just two weeks ago.
In addition, according to Government of Jordan sources there are now 44,500 Syrian asylum-seekers at the berm, the vast majority (42,000) of them located at Rukban and the other 2,500 located at Hadalat (figures as at 29 February). This is a very considerable increase from the 27,100 estimate provided a week ago.
As of 29 February, UNHCR has registered 2,436 of the individuals at Hadalat and 21,841 of those at Rukban. Of the new arrivals at Rukban this week, some 59 per cent were from Aleppo and 33 per cent from Homs. The new arrivals in Hadalat were from Dar’a, Homs and Deir Ez-Zor (in nearly equal proportion).
Given their status, UNHCR Jordan is leading the protection and assistance within its refugee mandate with full participation of the inter-agency partners.
The cessation of hostilities agreement has now entered its fifth day, even though opposition and monitoring groups have reported fighting in Lattakia, Homs, and Hama provinces.
Following yesterday’s announcement that talks would resume on 9 March, the Syrian opposition declared that the peace talks would remain hypothetical until the conditions of the current cessation of hostilities are met.
The next meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Task Force on Humanitarian Access will be held tomorrow, Thursday 3 March, in Geneva.