Syria - IDP Situation Monitoring Initiative (ISMI): Monthly Overview of IDP Movements in Northern Syria, September 2018

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A significant increase in aerial bombardments and shelling on southern and south-west Idleb and northern Hama governorates contributed to large displacement waves during the first half of the month until 12 September.

As a result, key informants (KIs) in Idleb and surrounding areas reported 82,222 IDP departures, more than half of which were from assessed communities in Madiq Castle (35,078) and Ziyara (12,199) sub-districts.

On 17 September, a demilitarised zone (DMZ) free of heavy weaponry and certain AOGs was established, to be implemented by 15 October 2018, spanning some 15 to 20 kilometres along conflict lines.In September, large movements were also reported in assessed communities in northern Aleppo. In particular, Afrin (3,135) and Jarablus (2,053) sub-districts witnessed large IDP arrivals, likely due to a perceived relative stability in those areas.