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Syria Flash update on Aleppo, Idleb and Dar’a - 9 March 2016

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This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of CCCM, Shelter/NFI and Protection.

KEY STATISTICS

  • In total, approximately 137,500 people have been newly displaced in Northern and Southern Syria in recent weeks.

This includes:

o In Northern Syria, in governorates bordering Turkey (Al-Hasakeh, Aleppo and Idleb governorates) 83,925 people have been displaced since early February 2016. The majority, 75,775 are in Aleppo and Idleb governorates.

o In Southern Syria in governorates bordering Jordan (Dar’a Governorate), around 53,540 people have been displaced since November 2015.

NEW POPULATION MOVEMENTS

  • There have been no significant first-time displacements in northern Syria in the last 24 hours. However, secondary displacements continue to be recorded. An estimated number of 500 households fled Daret Azza (northwest of Aleppo city) to Idleb Governorate due to increased airstrikes on the city.

  • 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 45,000 Syrian asylum seekers at the berm (figures as of 7 March). As of 8 March, UNHCR has registered 25,631 of the individuals at Rukban and 3,060 of those at Hadalat. Of those located at Rukban, 58 per cent are from Homs, around 27 per cent are from Aleppo, and nearly 7 per cent are from Ar-Raqqa. Of those located at Hadalat, around 33 per cent are from Dar’a, nearly 39 per cent are from Homs, and nearly 16 per cent are from Rural Damascus (figures as of 8 March).

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • Despite accusations of violations, reports continue to suggest that the cessation of hostilities agreement has provided some tangible relief to the Syrian population over the past 12 days.

  • The peace talks are expected to resume in Geneva on Monday, 14 March, and delegations will be arriving in Geneva throughout the coming days on a staggered timeline.

UNHCR CO-LED SECTOR/CLUSTER UPDATES

Protection

  • Protection Cluster members in northern Syria have reported that Aleppo city has remained relatively calm since the cessation of hostilities came into force on 27 February. The reduction in shelling and airstrikes has allowed schools to reopen. Despite this, partners report that residents of Aleppo continue to fear for their future.

  • The Protection Cluster in northern Syria reported that one partner in Kherbet Eljoz, in the northwest of Idleb Governorate, has had to cease operations and evacuate the area due to shelling. Most of the staff has been displaced as a result.

  • In addition, another Protection Cluster partner has resumed activities in centers for women and adolescents in A’zaz, near the Turkish border in Aleppo Governorate.

Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM)

  • CCCM Cluster members in northern Syria have finalized a response and gap assessment in 15 collective centers in A’zaz town where 3,415 IDPs are currently being hosted. The assessment found that of the total needs, blankets and floor mattresses are covered by 71 per cent, mattresses are covered by 50 per cent, plastic sheeting is covered by 42 per cent, water needs are covered by 88 per cent and jerry cans are covered by 100 per cent. The Cluster members are updating the responses in these collective centers on a real-time basis.

Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI)

  • No new developments.