Syria

Syria Flash update on Aleppo, Idleb and Dar’a - 27 February 2016

Format
News and Press Release
Source
Posted
Originally published

Attachments

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.

KEY STATISTICS

  • Displacement in affected areas of Aleppo and Idleb governorates (as at 22 February) due to fighting since 1 February 2016: 75,175 people newly displaced since 1 February.

  • Displacement in affected areas of Dar’a Governorate (as at 9 February) due to fighting since November 2015: Around 43,000 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, of the total 43,000 IDPs displaced (figures as at 9 February) by fighting in Dar’a Governorate since November 2015, around 32,000 are in the west and 11,000 are in the east of the Governorate.

  • In addition, according to Government of Jordan sources there are now 27,100 Syrian asylum-seekers at the berm, the vast majority (25,000) of them located at Rukban and the other 2,100 located at Hadalat (figures as at 21 February). As of 25 February, UNHCR has registered 2,063 of the individuals at Hadalat and 18,987 of those at Rukban.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • The Security Council has unanimously passed Resolution 2268 on Syria, welcoming the 11 February ISSG statement on the cessation of hostilities and the two task forces (humanitarian task force and ceasefire task force), demanding that the parties to whom the cessation of hostilities applies fulfill their commitments, and noting the need for rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access. 
  • In a briefing to the Security Council before the vote, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told its members that he intends to reconvene peace talks on 7 March in Geneva with the Government of Syria and the opposition in attendance, provided the halt in fighting largely holds and allows for greater delivery of humanitarian relief.
  • Fighting largely stopped soon after midnight on 27 February, when the ceasefire agreement came into effect. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that most areas across the country were quiet “for the first time in years”.
  • The official ISSG Ceasefire Task Force (co-chaired by Russia and the US) has set up hotlines, and shall be reviewing and reporting on any violations of the cessation of hostilities.”