Syrian Arab Republic: Aleppo Situation Report No. 17 (23 April 2017) [EN/AR]

Highlights

  • As per the most recent assessment, some 153,012 individuals have been registered in the newly accessible neighborhoods, while 48,173 people originally from former eastern Aleppo still reside with relatives and acquaintances in the western parts of Aleppo city.

  • A total of 17,033 people have been registered in areas under the control of Kurdish forces, and 5,077 remain in Jibreen collective shelter.

  • While the UN now has accessed all parts of Aleppo city and enjoys regular access to most, the UN only has conditional access to the areas of Aleppo city under the control of Kurdish forces. These parts of town are mostly accessed through UN partners. However, on 2 April, the UN were able to conduct an inter-agency needs assessment mission.

  • On 23 March, MoFA communicated to the UN its decision to remove the Aleppo-based Al Talouf and Al Ihsan NGOs from the list of national NGOs authorized to cooperate with UN agencies. This decision could have wide-reaching implications on programming activities, noting that UN agencies in Aleppo have 37 ongoing projects with these two charities covering seven sectors, including health, shelter, protection and WASH, , providing vital support to hundreds of thousands of people in Aleppo.

Situational Overview

Throughout the past few months, the security situation in Aleppo city remained comparatively calm, and formerly displaced families continue to return to the newly accessible areas of Aleppo city. To date, a total of 153,012 individuals have been officially registered in these neighbourhoods. Many of the returnees continue to live in at best partially damaged houses, and all areas still require a proper, systematic structural assessment to be carried out. Collective shelters remain overcrowded, host families are over-burdened and IDPs are struggling to find suitable shelter. Most of the newly accessible neighborhoods are heavily damaged and lack functioning infrastructure and basic services.

Explosive remnants of war (ERW), unexploded ordnances (UXO), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and landmines continue to pose threats to civilians and have led to 21 deaths and 37 war injuries city in March 2017 according to DoH statistics.

During the month of March, 10,535 household visits across 41 neighborhoods showed that children represent approximately half of the population of the assessed households, and high instances of child labor were recorded. High numbers of female-headed households were recorded in the southern neighborhoods of Aleppo, and the largest number of persons with disabilities was detected in the north-eastern parts of the city. Many cases related to civil documentation issues continue to be identified.

On 23 March, MoFA communicated to the UN its decision to remove Aleppo-based Al Ta’alouf NGO and Al Ihsan NGO from the list of national NGOs authorized to cooperate with UN agencies. This decision would have wide-reaching implications noting that UN agencies in Aleppo have 37 ongoing projects covering seven sectors, including health, shelter, protection and WASH with these two charities, providing vital support to hundreds of thousands of people.

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