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Syria: Flash update on recent events - 16 February 2017

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This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI) and Protection.

CCCM CLUSTER KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS (AS OF 31 JANUARY 2017)

 557,090 displacements recorded since 1 February 2016 from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:

o 545,910 displacements from affected areas of northern Syria, including Aleppo (339,824), Hama (93,635), Idleb (76,460), Ar-Raqqa (19,487), Homs (7,894), Al-Hassakeh (5,080), Deir-Ez-Zor (2,222), Lattakia (1,308) governorates, northern Syria. This includes 30,990 new displacements recorded in January alone, with the majority from Aleppo Governorate.

o 11,180 displacements from affected areas of Damascus and Rural Damascus, south-western Syria.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

 A spokesperson for the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said that the UN-sponsored peace talks will resume on 23 February in Geneva, a few days later than previously planned.

 In northern Syria, intense fighting has been reported this week in Idleb Governorate between two extremist opposition groups. Fighting is also still ongoing around Al-Bab (Aleppo Governorate). The UN estimates that up to 10,000 civilians may still remain in Al-Bab city, facing increasingly difficult conditions.

 The CCCM Cluster in northern Syria has recorded 35,895 displacements (see map attached) from Al-Bab subdistrict (Aleppo Governorate) between 1 January and 14 February 2017. Of these, 25,826 displacements have been recorded since the beginning of February.

 The Secretary-General’s spokesperson in New York said that the UN was concerned about the increase in fighting this week in and around Dar’a, southern Syria, which has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 9,000 men, women and children so far.

 Civilians besieged in the four towns of Madaya and Zabadani (Rural Damascus), and Foah and Kafraya (Idleb Governorate) are facing daily violence and lack access to essential services, including food and medical care. In a statement, the UN called on all parties to allow immediate humanitarian access to more than 60,000 civilians under the so-called ‘Four Towns’ Agreement.

 On 12 February, an inter-agency cross-line convoy delivered multi-sectoral emergency assistance for 107,500 people in Ar-Rastan (northern Homs Governorate).