The humanitarian situation remained grave during the last week. An escalation in armed conflict in Aleppo and Damascus/Rif Damascus has compounded humanitarian needs. In particular, the evolving situation in Yarmouk camp in Damascus and neighbouring areas of Zahera, Tadamon, Yalda and Hajar al-Aswad has resulted in a number of unconfirmed deaths and injuries as well as a growing sense of apprehension throughout the Palestine refugee community.
Based on field assessments in Syria, UNRWA estimates that the refugee population in need has surpassed the planning figure on which the Agency's Regional Syria Humanitarian Response Plan was based (225,000) and now stands at over 300,000 Palestine refugees in Syria, three-quarters of the population.
UNRWA has received requests for emergency cash assistance from over 59,000 households in Syria with projections that the current rate of requests will mean the Agency will receive 100,000 applications for cash assistance by the end of the year. UNRWA anticipates that its current available resources for cash assistance will be exhausted by January 2013.
Currently, 1,700 registered Palestine refugees have fled Syria for Jordan. The number of Palestine refugees from Syria that have approached UNRWA in Lebanon is estimated to be 9,666 individuals (2,248 households).