This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).
KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS (AS OF 13 FEBRUARY 2018)
1,574,959 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:
1,548,456 displacements from affected areas of northern Syria, including Ar-Raqqa (318,761), Idleb (315,824), Aleppo (287,153), Hama (276,920), Deir-Ez-Zor (255,915), Homs (36,067), Al-Hassakeh (13,667), Lattakia (1,546) governorates, northern Syria. This also includes around 43,000 displacements still under verification. Nearly 30,000 displacements have been recorded so far in February 2018, with the large majority from Idleb Governorate.
26,503 displacements from affected areas of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Sweida and Dar’a, south-western Syria.
In a statement on 12 February, the United Nations called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to protect and assist civilians. The statement noted that “all the parties involved have a responsibility, under international humanitarian and human rights law, to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to allow for safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to all in need.”
A statement (10 February) said that the UN Secretary-General was “following closely the alarming military escalation throughout Syria and the dangerous spillover across its borders.” The statement also called “on all to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint.”
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights received reports indicating that at least 277 civilians have been killed between 4 and 9 February, with a further 812 civilians injured, taking the total number of civilian casualties during the first week of February to around 1,089.
Both the Bab Al Salam and Bab Al Hawa cross-border hubs on the Turkey-Syria border are currently operational for UN cross-border activity pursuant to relevant Security Council resolutions, with a limit of 15 trucks per day per hub and with a limited number of UN personnel.