Syria: Flash update on recent events - 5 April 2018

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 05 Apr 2018

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 4 APRIL 2018)

  • 1,537,496 displacements recorded by the CCCM Cluster in the last 12 months from affected areas of northern and southern Syria: o 1,469,209 displacements from affected areas of northern Syria, including Idleb (386,900), Ar-Raqqa (295,823), Hama (279,222), Deir-Ez-Zor (253,035), Aleppo (161,860), Homs (34,756), Al-Hassakeh (13,470), Lattakia (1,540) governorates, northern Syria. This also includes around 42,600 displacements under verification. Around 8,000 displacements were recorded in March 2018, primarily from Hama, Aleppo and Idleb governorates.

  • 68,287 displacements from affected areas of Damascus, Rural Damascus, Sweida and Dar’a, southwestern Syria, to northern Syria. This includes some 48,800 cross-line displacements from eastern Ghouta to northern Syria between 13 March and 2 April.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • Since 9 March, over 130,000 IDPs have left the besieged areas of eastern Ghouta. This includes around 80,000 individuals who left through established corridors to the IDP sites in Rural Damascus, as well as some 50,000 individuals who left through evacuation agreements to Idleb and Aleppo governorates in northwest Syria. Over 39,000 people have already left the IDP sites in Rural Damascus through a sponsorship system, however, many sites remain over capacity.

  • There are an estimated 137,000 individuals displaced from Afrin. The majority, around 90,000 individuals, are currently located in Tall Refaat and ten other villages, while 20,000 individuals are in Nubol, 10,000 in Zahraa and 15,000 in Kafr Naseh and Fafin. Freedom of movement of IDPs continues to be the principal concern in all locations. Between 50,000 and 70,000 individuals are believed to remain inside Afrin city.

  • On 1 April, a UN inter-agency team conducted the first assessment mission to Ar-Raqqa since the city was taken from extremist groups. Despite a high level of unexploded ordnance contamination, an estimated 100,000 people have reportedly returned to Ar-Raqqa city