The cash amount transferred to benefciaries has started to decrease. While the Emergency Appeal planned for US$32 per person per month, UNRWA was only able to distribute 4 months of assistance during the first semester of 2018. While the first round of 2018 provided US$ 64 per person covering two months, the amount distributed during the second round dropped to US$ 46 per person covering two months. UNRWA is only planning for one additional round until the end of the year, as opposed to four rounds as in previous years.
INTRODUCTION AND HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT
This update provides a summary of recent displacement, along with developments from the UNHCR co-led Sector/Clusters of Protection, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter/Non Food Items (SNFI).
KEY DISPLACEMENT STATISTICS
The Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year, has caused continued and staggering suffering of civilians. In the context of armed conflict, besiegement, displacement, increasing poverty and a reliance on harmful coping mechanisms, civilians face numerous and overlapping protection risks. Despite the challenging security environment, humanitarian actors continue to respond to the humanitarian needs occurring on an overwhelming scale in Syria.
An estimate of 1.4 million internally displaced persons or IDPs reside in Idleb governorate and the surrounding opposition-held areas of western Aleppo and north-western Hama. The figure has come to represent one of Syria’s largest IDP populations and the vast number of people who continue to live in dire conditions in overburdened host communities. These conditions have been further exasperated by the significant escalation of conflict the region has seen since November 2017.
Situation in Numbers
# of children affected
# of people affected
Outside Syria Over 2.5 million
# of registered Syria refugee children
Over 5.6 million
# of registered Syrian refugees
(UNHCR, 17 July 2018)
UNICEF Appeal 2018 US$ 1.287 Billion
US$ 720.9 Million
HIGHLIGHTS (JUNE 2018)
Access constraints: Although Eastern Ghouta is back under government control, significant access constraints remain to this former besieged area. The health sector is unable to meet most of the basic health needs.
Conflict: The SW Syria offensive started in Dara’a on the 17 th of June, with heavy shelling and artillery. By the end of June, 66,000 people had left their homes, seeking safety near the border with Jordan and the Golan Heights.
8320TH MEETING (AM)
Briefings, Secretary-General’s Report Based on False Information from Questionable Sources, Damascus Representative Retorts
The United Nations has verified that more than 7,000 children lost their lives or were maimed since the crisis in Syria erupted in 2011, the Secretary‑General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict told the Security Council today , noting that unverified reports escalate that figure “way beyond” 20,000.
New York, 27 July 2018
Thank you, Mr. President,
I am pleased to be here alongside the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict today. The appalling suffering this war has wrought on Syria’s children is truly unimaginable. Yet, it is Syria’s children who are the future of the country.
Ensuring that their rights are respected, protected and fulfilled must be at the centre of all of our efforts.
For the past five weeks, sustained hostilities in south-west Syria have continued to affect civilians and civilian infrastructure. While initial displacement numbers have reduced significantly to a current estimate of 165,200 to 182,600 individuals, the needs of IDPs and returnees remain severe, yet, the UN continues to lack sustained access to the affected population.
The present report is the fifty-third submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2258 (2015), paragraph 5 of resolution 2332 (2016), paragraph 6 of resolution 2393 (2017) and paragraph 12 of resolution 2401 (2018), in which the Council requested the SecretaryGeneral to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Joint media release
- Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
- Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Today, at the Global Disability Summit in London we are pleased to announce the Australian Government will provide $16.4 million to address the needs of people with disabilities affected by the conflict in Syria.
Almost one quarter of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon experience some type of disability, many as a direct result of the war.
On 16- 18/7/2018, SARC in cooperation with ICRC launched a training workshop that identified the risks for the communities exposed to crisis’s remnants and the safety procedures to be followed then. The workshop attended by SARC coordinators and volunteers working in mine and crisis remnants risk awareness program activated in Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Daraa, Idleb and Hassakeh.
Given the humanitarian crisis faced by the Syrian people, President Macron decided in April 2018 to extend the French support in Syria with an additional contribution of 50M€ (58M$).
For over a month,sustained hostilities continue to affect civilians and civilian infrastructure in south-west Syria.
While initial displacement numbers have reduced significantly, the needs of IDPs and returnees remain severe, yet, humanitarian access to all people in need is an ongoing challenge.
SARG, GoRF military offensive displaces up to 325,000 people in southern Syria, impedes humanitarian access
An estimated 1.5 million people remain in HTR areas of Syria, including 8,100 people in besieged locations
UN, SARC deliver humanitarian aid for 108,000 people in Ar Rastan for first time since SARG recapture in May
Large numbers of the residents of Ar-Raqqa have returned to their homes since the cessation of conflict in October 2017. Despite initial efforts in reconstruction, damage remains widespread and basic services limited. Moreover, the presence of explosive hazards and the complex security environment continue to pose risks for residents as well as humanitarian and recovery actors operating in the city.