Syria

WFP Syria Country Brief, September 2018

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In Numbers

39,499 mt of food assistance distributed US$ 756,478 cash-based transfers made
US$ 136.0 m six months (October 2018 - March 2019) net funding requirements, representing 36% of total budget
3.04 m people assisted in September 2018

Operational Update

• In September, WFP delivered food assistance for 3.04 million people in all 14 Syrian governorates, in line with the monthly target of 3.15 million people. Of these, 19 percent was delivered through the cross-border operation from Turkey, to areas in Idleb, northern Hama, and western rural Aleppo governorates that are not accessible from inside Syria.

• On 17 September, following a period of intensive conflict in Idlib in early September, Russia and Turkey agreed to create a 15-20 km demilitarized buffer zone to separate government troops from rebel forces. With the agreement to come into effect by 15 October, there has been a cautious calm in northern Hama and southern Idlib. In September, WFP and its partners have distributed enough ready-to-eat rations (RTEs) to some 36,000 people. WFP, in coordination with the Food Security Sector, is working between its hubs in Gaziantep/Turkey, in Aleppo, Homs, and Tartous to ensure immediate and sufficient emergency assistance. Overall, WFP has sufficient ready-to-eat (RTE) rations in stock to assist 1 million people through cross-border and regular deliveries from inside Syria.

• Following intensified conflict to drive out the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Deir Ezzor governorate, approximately 13,500 people have been displaced in September. Following an inter- agency assessment in areas of Hajin countryside, WFP dispatched enough food rations to cover 12,500 newly and formerly displaced people as well as the most vulnerable from the host community for one month to several locations in Hajin sub- district. Additionally, following improvements in access to the hard-to-reach areas of Basira and Thiban in Deir Ezzor governorate, WFP is allocating enough monthly food rations for 15,000 people, to assist both the displaced population and the host community for the first time since the crisis began. Some 5,000 people will be assisted in Basira, and 10,000 people in Thiban from September onwards.

• WFP continued to respond to persistent needs in southern Syria’s As-Sweida, Dar’a and Quneitra governorates following the escalated violence in June and July 2018. Between July and September, WFP distributed food assistance for 469,365 people in 53 locations through single and inter-agency convoys from Damascus, together with its partner Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and a local NGO.