Syria

Syria Flash update on Aleppo, Idleb and Dar’a - 3 March 2016

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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 29 February) due to fighting since 1 February 2016:
    o 600 people newly displaced in the last two weeks, since 22 February.
    o 75,775 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) displaced due to fighting since November 2015, an increase from 43,000 three weeks ago.
  • In addition, according to Government of Jordan sources there are now 35,000 Syrian asylum-seekers at the berm (figures as at 2 March). This is a considerable increase from the 27,100 estimate provided a week ago, and significantly higher than the 21,841 figure of individuals registered with UNHCR.
  • Given their status, UNHCR Jordan is leading the protection and assistance within its refugee mandate with full participation of the inter-agency partners.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said Syria's cessation of hostilities is still holding but remains fragile after six days in which incidents have been reported in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Latakia and Damascus.
  • Special Advisor Jan Egeland, who chairs the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) task force on humanitarian access, said that there had been some 236 trucks delivering aid to 115,000 people in the past three weeks.
  • Inter-agency convoys are scheduled to reach Al Waer (Homs) and the sub-district of Kafr Batna (East Gouta, Rural Damascus) today (3 March).
  • The second round of inter-agency humanitarian convoys to the Four Towns - Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kafraya - is tentatively scheduled for 5 March. The Four Towns were last accessed on the 17 February, when three joint convoys reached approximately 60,000 beneficiaries.

UNHCR CO-LED SECTOR/CLUSTER UPDATES

  • No new developments.