Since 17 June sustained hostilities in south-west Syria triggered high levels of displacement and led to rapid systematic territorial gains by the Government of Syria (GoS). The GoS army and their allies took control of large areas of NSAG-controlled territories in the south from the east towards the west, leading to a temporary peak in displacement numbers with an estimated 285,000-325,000 individuals at the height of hostilities on 4 July.
OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
By any measure, the humanitarian situation has worsened since the beginning of 2015. As 2015 draws to a close, humanitarian and protection needs have reached a record high and continue to grow at a staggering rate.
Prepared by the Humanitarian Country Team
SUMMARY Strategic objectives
Promote protection of and access to affected people in accordance with International law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).
Provide life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable.
Strengthen resilience, livelihoods and early recovery through communities and institutions.
In its fourth year of the conflict, the civilian population in Syria continues to bear the brunt in terms of humanitarian needs and protection. Estimates indicate that 10.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 6.5 million of whom are IDPs, and over 2.9 million have fled to neighbouring countries. There are over 100 known internally displaced camps housing over 160,000 people near the Turkish border and the number continues to rise.
As the crisis continues humanitarian needs inside Syria are increasing across all sectors while affected populations are now experiencing the worst winter in many years. The result of the on-going crisis is further massive population displacement and growing humanitarian needs. The UN estimates that 6.5 million people are internally displaced and a total of 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 46% of whom are children.
The events in Syria since March 2011 have resulted in significant humanitarian needs. Compared with the initial 2013 Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP), launched in December 2012, the crisis has further intensified and expanded into most parts of the country. Civilians across the country are bearing the brunt of the on-going violence with rising numbers of people killed, injured, displaced or otherwise affected in their living conditions.
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The events in Syria since March 2011 have resulted in significant humanitarian needs that have now spread to many areas of the country, and have further grown since the drafting of the revised Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (HARP) in September 2012. The Government of Syria, in collaboration with UN agencies, is launching a new HARP for the period from 1 January 2013 to the end of June 2013.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY