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Syria: Flash update on recent events - 29 November 2017

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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 21 NOVEMBER 2017)

  • 1,268,100 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of -northern and southern Syria:

o 1,233,069 displacements from affected areas of northern Syria, including Ar-Raqqa (330,080),
Aleppo (338,241), Deir-Ez-Zor (226,772), Hama (201,663), Idleb (84,503), Homs (36,587), AlHassakeh (13,665), Lattakia (1,558) governorates, northern Syria. This includes 11,660 new displacements recorded so far in November 2017, with the majority (7,195) displaced from Deir-EzZor Governorate.

o 35,031 displacements from affected areas of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Sweida and Dar’a, southwestern Syria.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • The eighth round of intra-Syrian talks started on 28 November in Geneva. A delegation from the newlyunified Syrian opposition led by Nasr al-Hariri arrived in Geneva on 28 November and met with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The Syrian government delegation arrived on 29 November and is led by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and chief negotiator Bashar al-Ja‘afari.

  • In a briefing to the United Nations Security Council via video teleconference from Geneva on 27 November, Special Envoy de Mistura said “international players are clearly looking for some common ground based on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), and are urging Syrians to begin to find some common ground too”.

  • Media sources reported that the Government of Syria has accepted the Russian proposal for a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, on 28 and 29 November. A monitoring group reported that the ceasefire had seen insignificant breaches on 29 November in the village of Ain Terma. On 28 November, shelling killed three people and injured 15 others, but was reportedly less intense than in previous days.