UNHCR participates in the UN Country Team mission to Homs
On 8 May, UNHCR participated in a UN Country Team mission to Homs to inaugurate the new UN Hub and meet with staff. Representatives from 12 UN agencies participated in the mission which included a visit to a shelter in al-Waer housing 2,200 affected Syrians. As part of UN joint efforts to cover hard-to-reach areas, UNHCR and humanitarian partners also conducted an inter-agency mission the following day to al-Houla, located 40 km northwest of the city of Homs. Al-Houla had been cut off for months with heavy conflict and these life-saving supplies provided benefitted 6,100 affected individuals in the villages of Taldaou, Bourj Al-Khaie, Kalfralah and Talif.
UNHCR has been permanently present in Homs since November 2012, with national staff on the ground supported by frequent missions of international staff.
UNHCR has reached 92% of its beneficiary target for the delivery of domestic items in the first half of 2013 Despite the volatile security situation, UNHCR and partners have managed to scale up the humanitarian response. In 2013, UNHCR has dispatched to date nearly two million items reaching an estimated 917,391 individuals across Syria. The objective is to reach one million individuals by the end of June.
Aleppo Field Office responds to the urgent needs of Palestinians fleeing Handarat Camp
Following assessment visits and in close coordination with UNRWA, UNHCR responded to the urgent needs of Palestinians who have fled the violence in Handarat Camp for Palestinian refugees, in the northern part of Aleppo, in late April. On 20 May, UNHCR’s team in Aleppo distributed sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and plastic sheets to some 320 affected families who have taken shelter at Aleppo university dormitory and the Industrial School.