Syria: Flash update on recent events - 3 May 2018

Situation Report
Originally published



  • 1,459,469 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:

o 1,373,835 displacements from affected areas of northern Syria, including Idleb (397,046), Hama (254,153), Deir-Ez-Zor (251,789), Ar-Raqqa (226,631), Aleppo (152,525), Homs (31,947), AlHassakeh (13,470), Lattakia (1,540) governorates, northern Syria. This also includes some 44,700 displacements under verification. Around 16,500 displacements were recorded so far in April 2018, primarily from Idleb and Aleppo governorates.

o 85,634 displacements from affected areas of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Sweida and Dar’a, southwestern Syria, to northern Syria. This includes some 67,000 cross-line displacements from eastern Ghouta to northern Syria between 13 March and 21 April.


  • According to media reports, buses started evacuating some of the armed opposition fighters in southern Damascus today (3 May) to opposition-held areas in north-west Syria.

  • Yesterday (2 May), armed opposition groups in the hard-to-reach areas of Rastan, Talbiseh and Houla, reportedly agreed to an evacuation deal following escalated fighting in the area.

  • The UN expressed concern for the safety and protection of tens of thousands of people as fighting continues to be reported in several areas of northern rural Homs governorate. Fighting has resulted in reports of death and injury, as well as attacks on civilian infrastructure and medical facilities. UN agencies and partners have finalized an inter-agency response plan to potential civilian displacement from northern rural Homs.

  • The UN released a new estimate of people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, with 2.05 million people in need in hard-to-reach locations, inclusive of 11,100 people in besieged locations. This is compared to 2.9 million people in hard-to-reach areas at the start of the year, inclusive of 417,566 in besieged areas. Notably, eastern Ghouta is no longer considered besieged but hard-to-reach following recent military operations.