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Syria Flash Update on Aleppo, Idleb, and Dar'a - 24 February 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 22 February) due to fighting since 1 February 2016: o 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: o 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 Syrians 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).

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • On Tuesday, ISIS fighters reportedly strengthened their hold on the Government of Syria (GoS) supply route into Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS fighters had seized the village of Khanaser on the road, which remained closed for a second day.

  • GoS forces are making significant advances near Aleppo. Heavy air strikes in support of the GoS continue to target one of the last supply roads into opposition-held parts of the city.

  • In addition to Aleppo, heavy air strikes were reported in Homs, in western Syria, and in Daraya, southwest of Damascus.