UNRWA Syria crisis situation update (Issue 28)

31 December 2012

Note: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will disseminate information about the situation of Palestine refugees in Syria.

31  December 2012
 
As people around the world prepare for the New Year, the armed conflict in Syria and its detrimental effect on civilians continues. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) continues to assist many Palestine refugees affected by the conflict by supporting them with cash, food and other essential supplies. Palestine refugees and Syrians sheltering in UNRWA schools and other buildings are also assisted to the extent that access and humanitarian supplies allow.

Damascus and the surrounding area: Sporadic clashes continue in Yarmouk. There are also reports of two car bombs going off and unconfirmed reports of casualties. UNRWA facilities in Yarmouk remain closed and for reasons of safety, all staff were advised to avoid Yarmouk and its adjacent areas.

Jobar, Barzah and Husseiniyeh were the scenes of sporadic clashes all throughout the day and night. Barzah was calm during the day with one of its schools in operation. All schools in Jobar were operational and in Husseiniyeh, all UNRWA facilities were closed.

Qaboun and Dummar were relatively calm throughout the night and day, with a health centre operating in the former and one school operating in the latter.

Jaramana, Ellianss, Khan Dannoun, Rukn Eddin, Khan Eshieh and Mezzeh camps are all reportedly calm and housing IDPs. Health centres are operational in all except Rukn Eddin and in Khan Eshieh, there is increasing pressure on staff to distribute aid to non-Palestinian IDPs.

Facilities in Sbeineh have been closed for four days now as clashes and sniper activities continue.

Although the Sit Zeinab camp was calm, clashes and explosions were reported in the surrounding areas throughout the night and day. One health centre remains operational to staff who are residents of the camp.

UNRWA’s Syria Field Office was open and most staff on duty yesterday. There was less sound of firing than previous days and cash was distributed to nearly 250 beneficiaries and will continue to be dispersed in the upcoming days.

UNRWA’s Damascus Training Centre (DTC) continues to house IDPs and is filled to capacity. IDPs are receiving two meals a day prepared by the Centre’s staff, in addition to blankets and mattresses. The Centre’s clinic is operational and a medical doctor and a nurse treat medical cases there. People seeking safety and accommodation at the DTC are being directed to UNRWA schools in the surrounding areas.

Aleppo: Sounds of shelling, explosions, and fighter jet activity could be heard throughout Saturday night in different areas of Aleppo city. Despite the danger from ongoing clashes in the city, all UNRWA facilities in the city are operational.


Clashes have been reported in Leramon, Bani Zayd and Bustan al-Qasr and Bustan al-Basha, although there is reported sniper activity in the latter.

Sheikh Maqsoud, Hanano and Ein el Tal are all reportedly calm and Ein el Tal’s clinic is operational.

Neirab camp is calm and all facilities are operational with unconfirmed reports of clashes around the camp and the airport road.

Although Dera’a city is generally calm, UNRWA staff were unable to reach the Area Office yesterday due to several road closures. Dera’a, Mzeirab and Jillien camp were all calm although schools were closed in Dera’a camp. All of the Agency’s health centres were closed and no cash was distributed yesterday although food bags distribution is expected to continue on Wednesday.

As electricity cuts continue throughout Homs, clashes, shelling and air strikes have targeted the al Khalidiya area, although the city is reportedly calm and all UNRWA facilities are operational.

Hama city and camp are reportedly calm, and UNRWA facilities operational. A truck with 750 food baskets arrived yesterday and is expected to be distributed to IDPs.

Latakia is calm and all of its UNRWA facilities operational.
 
 
Location
Actual Accommodated to date
# of families
Figures Disaggregated
Women
Men
Children
UNRWA Compound
1,276
200
352
359
565
Jaramana
970
200
396
234
340
Mazzeh (Jabal)
471
131
141
123
207
Khan Eshieh
1,143
210
265
225
653
Ramadan
1086
235
355
293
438
Dummar
421
69
120
122
179
Ruken Eddin
319
71
104
97
118
Khan Danoun
364
87
103
78
183
Total
6,050
1,203
1,836
1,531
2,683
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 --Ends--
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Click here to read the latest UNRWA statement on the humanitarian crisis in Yarmouk published on 17 December.
Click here to read about UNRWA’s emergency response in the last situation report published on 16 December.
Click here to read a profile of Yarmouk describing the scope of UNRWA’s work there before the outbreak of recent hostilities.
Click here to read about UNRWA’s regular work in Syria.
 

Background information:

As the Syria conflict and its impact on civilians continue to escalate, UNRWA continues to exert all efforts to respond to the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees. The Agency is monitoring the situation as it evolves, and its staff will continue to assess the situation and render any needed assistance.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency‘s General Fund, supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit.
For more information, please contact:
Sami Mshasha

UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org 

 

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