24 September 2012, Damascus, Syria
The humanitarian situation in Syria has worsened still further over the past week, with continued and intensified armed conflict in Aleppo; within the immediate vicinity of Ein el Tal and Neirab camps, and in Greater Damascus particularly in the southern district of Yarmouk. A total of 6,304 internally-displaced persons (IDPs) were seeking refuge in UNRWA facilities in Damascus, while 1,132 IDPs sought refuge in UNRWA facilities in Aleppo. Based on earlier assessments, UNRWA estimates that 225,000 Palestine refugees are directly affected by the conflict. To date, the Agency has received first-time requests for assistance from over 42,100 refugee families. There has been further displacement beyond the nation's borders, with approximately 5,000 refugees having fled to Lebanon, and 1,260 having crossed the border into Jordan.