UNHCR Cross-Border Humanitarian Response Fact Sheet - Northwest Syria - March 2019

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Mar 2019

14,120 Households assisted through UNHCR with core relief items and shelter material in 2019

70,720 Individuals reached through UNHCR with core relief items and shelter material in 2019

77 Trucks with UNHCR humanitarian supplies sent across the border in 2019

44,422 Individuals reached with protection services by UNHCR and partners in 2019

Major developments

In 2018, major developments took place in north-west Syria in regard to inter-factional conflicts and shifting frontlines, military and political control and local agreements on formerly opposition-held enclaves (e.g. eastern Ghouta, northern Homs). As a result, more than 688,000 people were newly displaced within non-state armed group controlled areas in north-west Syria in 2018. People continued to be displaced in early 2019.

In 2019, intense hostilities between the Government of Syria and non-state armed groups, and among the latter have affected thousands of people, including IDPs, in Idleb and Hama. The situation was further aggravated by heavy rains and floods in northern Syria at the end of December and beginning of January. More floods affected the area at the end of March, causing further displacements.

A Readiness and Response Plan for north-west Syria is still in play and outlines the planned response to the crossborder team in Turkey.