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Syria: Flash update on recent events - 9 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.

KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS

  • 551,314 people displaced from affected areas of northern and southern Syria:

  • 540,211 people displaced from affected areas of northern Syria, including Aleppo (339,205), Hama (93,635), Idleb (76,460), Ar-Raqqa (19,487), Homs (7,894), Deir-Ez-Zor (2,222), Lattakia (1,308) governorates, northern Syria, due to fighting since 1 February 2016 (figures as of 25 January). This is an increase of 18,272 since the previous week, primarily in Aleppo Governorate.

  • 11,103 people displaced from affected areas of Rural Damascus, south-western Syria, due to fighting since August 2016 (figures as of 25 January). This is an increase of 1,175 since the previous week.

  • 6.3 million people are internally displaced in Syria since the beginning of the crisis.

CONTEXTUAL DEVELOPMENTS

  • The United Nations said it remains deeply concerned for civilians affected by military operations in and around Al-Bab (Aleppo Governorate). The UN estimates that around 30,000 civilians have fled Al-Bab city and surroundings since late December 2016, heading mainly towards other districts in Aleppo Governorate.

  • UN agencies and partners are providing assistance to those displaced, including through setting up reception and transit centres and providing basic assistance. It is estimated that up to 10,000 civilians remain in Al-Bab city, facing increasingly difficult conditions, including movement restrictions.

  • Fighting around Al-Bab in Aleppo Governorate has caused an estimated 1.8 million people in Aleppo city and rural eastern Aleppo to be cut off from their main water source since 14 January.

  • All of the areas formerly held by armed opposition groups in eastern Aleppo city are now accessible to humanitarian partners, however reports of unexploded ordnance and remnants of war in the area continue to hinder access.

  • On 5 February, a UN, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) inter-agency convoy delivered food, nutrition, health and other emergency items to 84,000 people in need in hard-to-reach Talbiseh (rural Homs Governorate). This was the first inter-agency cross-line convoy in February and only the second to proceed in 2017.