Syria: Flash Update: Recent Developments in North-western Syria (As of 07 May 2019)

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  • Due to the intensification of hostilities throughout northern Hama and southern Idlib governorates in the period between 29 April and 5 May 2019, over 150,000 people fled the area in search of safety. The protection of civilians remains the biggest concern.

  • Shelling, airstrikes and active fighting in and around over 50 villages in northern rural Hama and southern Idlib caused destruction of at least 10 schools, leading to the suspension of education activities.

  • Between 29 April and 6 May, at least twelve health facilities were hit by airstrikes in northern Hama and Idlib Governorates, damaging health infrastructure that provided essential health services to over 100,000 people.

  • Between 28 April and 6 May, airstrikes and shelling caused at least 80 civilian fatalities and over 300 injuries. Three health workers with humanitarian organizations are among those reportedly killed by airstrikes.

Situation Overview

A recent intensification of violence and hostilities in north-western Syria is severely affecting communities in Idleb and Hama governorates. Since 28 April, there has been a marked increase in the number of airstrikes and shelling in northern Hama Governorate and southwestern Idleb Governorate reported, including the usage of barrel bombs. Areas particularly impacted include: Qasabiyah, Kafr Nobol, Badama, and Hbit communities in Idleb Governorate; and Kafr Nabutha, Latamna, Hawash, Hawija, Sehriyeh, Huweiz, and Madiq Castle communities in Hama Governorate.

Since April 28, local sources reported at least 80 civilians have been killed and many others injured. Between 4-5 May alone, 38 civilians were reportedly killed, and 100 civilians were injured. Three health aid workers were reportedly among those killed in Madiq Castle, Has and Kafr Nobol communities, while ten other health workers with humanitarian organizations were injured.

There are grave concerns over the impact this recent intensification of hostilities is having on the civilian population, civilian infrastructure and the provision of basic services. As of 6 May, at least 16 humanitarian partners have suspended their operations as a result of the violence. At least 6 food security partners, 3 health partners, 4 protection partners and 3 nutrition partners reported that they have suspended their activities in north-western Syria, with more reports of suspension coming at the time of reporting.

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