Syria Flash update on Aleppo, Idleb and Dar’a - 7 March 2016

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 07 Mar 2016

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 of 29 February) due to fighting since 1 February 2016:

o 75,775 people newly displaced since 1 February.

  • Displacement in affected areas of southern Syria (as of 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 63,752 newly displaced persons in Aleppo Governorate since 1 February, and 12,023 newly displaced in Idleb Governorate since 1 February (figures as of 29 February).

  • In southern Syria, the overall number of displaced is 53,540 people (figures as of 25 February). The number of newly displaced has reportedly remained relatively stable since late February.

  • According to Government of Jordan sources, there are 35,000 Syrian asylum-seekers at the berm (figures as of 2 March). As of 6 March, UNHCR has registered 22,895 of the individuals at Rukban and 3,060 of those at Hadalat. Of those located at Rukban, 58 per cent are from Homs, around 28 per cent are from Aleppo, and around 7 per cent are from Ar-Raqqa. Of those located at Hadalat, nearly 39 per cent are from Dar’a, 33 per cent are from Homs, and nearly 16 per cent are from Rural Damascus.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • The cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria has now been in place for 10 days. In a statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry gave “an overall positive assessment” of the progress made towards ensuring the agreement is respected.

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported over 70 rockets and mortar shells fired by Jabat al Nusra at Sheikh Maqsoud, a predominantly Kurdish neighborhood under government control in Aleppo.

  • An inter-agency convoy departed Damascus today (7 March) with food, nutrition and health supplies for three towns in the sub-district of Kafr Batna (Beit- Sawa, Jisreen, and Hamoryah) in Rural Damascus Governorate.

UNHCR CO-LED SECTOR/CLUSTER UPDATES

Protection

  • The Protection Cluster for southern Syria, including SGBV and Child Protection, has decided to hold joint coordination meetings and is now finalizing the ToR and work plan for the Amman Hub Protection Cluster working group. In addition, the cluster is looking to support preparedness efforts, with the agreement among the Preparedness Task Team that there must be a focus on having a strong integrated protection response.

  • The Southern Syria Protection Cluster members will hold SGBV training for all interested partners on 9 March, and efforts to mainstream SGBV into other sectors are ongoing.

Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM)

  • No new developments.

Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI)

  • The Shelter/NFI (SNFI) Cluster in northern Syria reported that the NFI needs of those recently displaced from Aleppo vary depending on the items people were able to carry with them during the displacement. Some IDPs need complete new arrival kits while others need single item commodities such as mattresses or blankets. Additional needs often include heaters and fuel.

  • SNFI Cluster members in northern Syria have reported that they are unable to access and deliver aid to areas such as Anjara, Babis, Babu and Hur towns of Aleppo Governorate because the frontlines are still active.

  • The SNFI Cluster in northern Syria will hold an Information Management training on 7 March, in which Cluster member organizations will be introduced to new Whole of Syria (WoS) reporting tools.

  • In southern Syria, the NFI/Shelter cluster is mapping NFI distribution at the community level, focusing on both IDPs and other conflict-affected communities (especially those in hard-to-reach locations). UNHCR will in coordination with other NFI/Shelter members will increase its provision of assistance to reach neglected areas. While the focus will be on distribution, contingency stock (kits for 35,000 people) will also be pre-positioned for eastern and western Dar’a.