Internal Displacement Update, Issue 17: 4 - 17 May 2017
More than 66,000 people were newly displaced in Raqqa governorate between 1 and 30 April. This increase in displacements is a result of the ongoing Euphrates Wrath operation led by Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Previous displacement patterns continue, with the majority of the newly displaced, over 61,000, remaining locally within Raqqa. Others fled to Deir ez-Zor, Aleppo, Idleb and Hama governorates (OCHA, 6 May 2017). Restrictions on freedom of movement continue in transit centres and camps for IDPs, where identity documents are confiscated upon entry. Complex and inconsistent exit screening procedures have led to unnecessary delays of IDPs trying to move onwards. Two child fatalities were reported in Jib al Shaair camp, due to difficulties in medical referral and evacuation (OCHA, 6 May 2017).
About 3,100 people were displaced between 3 and 8 May following earthquakes on 3 and 5 May, and aftershocks that destroyed about 540 houses and severely damaged around 240 houses. The epicentres of the first magnitude 5.9 and the second magnitude 5.8 quakes were in Tajikistan near the border with Kyrgyzstan and had a depth of 10 kilometres. In Kyrgyzstan, both Chong Alay district in Osh province and Kadamjai in Batken province suffered major damage (IFRC, 16 May 2017, on file with IDMC).