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18 Jan 2018 description

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 (AS OF 9 JANUARY 2018)

18 Jan 2018 description

Key highlights

  • No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 74.

  • The most recent case (by date of onset of paralysis) is 21 September 2017 from Boukamal district, Deir Ez - Zor governorate.

  • The first round of the second phase of the outbreak response started in Deir Ez-Zor city and in Hasakah and Homs governorates on 14 January. The round will commence in other parts of Deir Ez-Zor and in Raqqa in the coming days.

Immunization response

18 Jan 2018 description
report Voice of America

A Syrian volunteer group has pleaded for immediate help from the international community and aid organizations to help stop the massacre of civilians by Syrian regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, one of the remaining rebel-held areas in Syria.

Regime forces have stepped up their airstrikes and ground operations against rebels in the region in recent weeks. Siraj Mahmood, a spokesperson for the White Helmets rescue group in Eastern Ghouta, told VOA that civilians were being targeted indiscriminately and that the regime was attacking towns and villages with everything it had.

18 Jan 2018 description
report Voice of America

More than a year has passed since Abdulkafi Alhamdo tweeted about what he, his wife, and baby daughter endured during the months-long siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo by Russian-backed Syrian government forces, as cluster and barrel bombs wreaked havoc around them.

“There was a time when I just cried for two days, not for myself but for my family,” he reported, as he described the savage destruction and death he witnessed around him.

18 Jan 2018 description

Summary

During December 2017, 17 incidents of violence against health care were reported. Of these, 16 have been verified and one still being verified (in the besieged area). Among the verified attacks, six incidents were reported on hospitals, three in Hama (two in Kafr Zeita and one in Latmana sub districts). two in Idleb (Ma'arrat An Nu'man and Khan Shaykun), while one incident reported on a hospital in Dara.

17 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH December 2017

Continuing cross-border interventions from Turkey and Jordan in 2018

Security Council Resolution 2393 was adopted, renewing the provisions of Resolution 2165 for an additional 12 months. This will enable UNFPA to continue supporting people in need, working with implementing partners through cross-border interventions from Turkey and Jordan.

UNFPA delivers aid to previously unreached Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo

17 Jan 2018 description
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Damascus, 17 January 2018

The escalating violence caused by fighting has had a devastating impact on all civilians throughout Syria. Whether in Idleb, east Ghouta in Rural Damascus, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo, Hassakeh, Deir EzZour, Raqqah or Daraa, the recent violence has resulted in the deaths and injuries of hundreds of civilians, including women and children.

16 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

• Hostilities between Government of Syria forces and non-state armed groups continued unabated in many areas in southern rural Idleb, northern rural Hama and southern rural Aleppo.

16 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN delivers assistance to 50,000 IDPs at the Syria–Jordan border berm for the first time in six months

  • UNSC reauthorizes cross-border humanitarian access to Syria through January 2019

  • Relief agencies evacuate 29 critically ill patients from Eastern Ghouta

  • Relief agencies reach 810,000 people in HTR and besieged areas with assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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UN Security Council Resolution 2165/2191/2258/2332

Resolution 2332 [formerly 2258 (2015), 2165 (2014) and 2191 (2014)] authorizes UN agencies and their partners to use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha, to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people in need in Syria. The Government of Syria is notified in advance of each shipment and a UN Monitoring Mechanism oversees and confirms the humanitarian nature of consignments. The first UN shipment from Turkey started on 24 July 2014.

15 Jan 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Eastern Ghouta is an agricultural region east of Damascus that is home to approximately 400,000 people. The area has faced access restrictions since the beginning of the Syrian conflict and was classified by the United Nations (UN) as besieged in 2013. This Situation Overview builds upon findings from REACH in October and November and is based off data collected remotely. It aims to monitor the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta, which deteriorated significantly beginning in September 2017 and saw only slight improvements in December.

14 Jan 2018 description

Toronto, ON- There was a suspected gas attack today in Douma City, in eastern Ghouta, at 6 a.m. Damascus time. Victims were treated with symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including difficulty breathing, discreet dyspnea, mild exaltation, no change in the iris, and the odor of chlorine on their clothing. Five women and one child were injured, treated, and discharged. One woman required more extensive treatment.

A Syria Civil Defense Center (White Helmets) was also attacked and put out of service in Areeha, Idlib today.

11 Jan 2018 description

SYRIA: FLASH UPDATE ON RECENT EVENTS

11 January 2018

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 (AS OF 2 JANUARY 2018)

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Almost seven years into the Syria conflict, I have this week seen first-hand the colossal toll that the brutal and sustained hostilities have taken.

Estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, countless more are missing or detained, and five million have fled to other countries. Gross Domestic Product is less than half what it was before the war, and replacing destroyed infrastructure and housing will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Almost 70 per cent of people now live in extreme poverty.

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January 11th, 2018 ― Doha: On Friday 5 January 2018, a health care managed by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Idlib was subject to an airstrike that caused a severe damage to the building. The facility has become inoperative, which will negatively affect hundreds of patients who visit it for treatment.

11 Jan 2018 description

Compendium on Good and Innovative Practices in the Regional Response to the Syria and Iraq Crisis: Volume II launched by UNHCR-UNDP Joint Secretariat

Jan 11, 2018 | News, Press Release

11 Jan 2018 description

General developments & political & security situation

• General Command of the Army: Syrian air defenses responded to three Israeli missile attacks on military sites in AlQtaifah area in Rural Damascus, and downed some missiles.