UNRWA Syria crisis situation update (Issue 30)

11 January 2013
Syria situation update
11 January 2013
 
  • Widespread closure of UNRWA facilities in Damascus, with 8 facilities currently housing 6,549 internally displaced persons (IDPs).
  • There are a total of 7,623 IDPs in UNRWA facilities across the country as of 9 January, up from 2,631 on 6 December. 92 per cent of IDPs are Palestine refugees.
  • Unconfirmed reports of at least 8 refugees killed in Damascus.
  • Approximately 50,000 students currently unable to attend regular classes.
  • Electricity is back on in Homs.
 
Damascus and the surrounding area: Occasional clashes continue within Yarmouk and the surrounding areas, but residents are now able to enter and exit the camp. All UNRWA facilities remain closed. There are reports of at least eight Palestine refugees killed yesterday.
 
Shelling and clashes were reported in the vicinity of Sbeineh camp, amid rumors that at least one shell landed within the camp, killing seven people. It is unclear if any of these were refugees. Armed opposition elements are reportedly still in the camp, and security forces control movement in and out of the camp. Residents have been able to enter and exit, but are still are not permitted to take out any belongings. Commercial traffic into the camp is still not allowed, and all facilities remain closed.
 
Khan Dannoun and Jaramana were somewhat calm and accessible, with health centres operating in both. One school is also operational in Khan Dannoun as of Wednesday.
 
Clashes and shelling continue in Sit Zeinab, including within Qabr Essit camp. Security forces reportedly continue to prevent movement in and out of the camp, and all facilities remain closed.
 
Clashes and shelling also continue in Husseiniyeh, with a number of shells reportedly impacting within the camp. There are also reports of armed opposition elements present in the camp. Residents are able to leave the camp, but not with their belongings.
 
Ongoing hostilities continue in Douma, with all UNRWA facilities closed. Jobar and Qaboun health centres are not operational but schools were open in both areas as of Wednesday. One school is operational in Barzeh and another in Rukn Eddin. Small firearms were reported in Dummar on Wednesday but the health centre remained open.
 
Heavy snowfall prevented many staff from reaching the Field Office on Wednesday and Thursday.

 
The ongoing conflict has had a devastating affect on education. Approximately 50,000 students are currently unable to attend regular classes due to the hostilities. The Chief of the Education Department at UNRWA approached the Ministry of Education, which has agreed to provide 20 schools in Damascus and the surrounding area to accommodate the students.
 
A total of 6,549 IDPs are currently being housed in UNRWA facilities in Damascus. Approximately 92 per cent of all IDPs in UNRWA facilities are Palestine refugees.
 
Of the total IDP population in UNWRA facilities, particularly vulnerable refugees include 75 pregnant women, with 10 coming to full term, 49 newly born babies and 59 elderly people. 6 babies have been born at UNRWA schools following the latest displacement of refugees. With only partial data currently available, 587 families have 4 or more persons, and 204 families are three persons or fewer.
 
Dera’a town and the surrounding villages of Mzerieb and Jillien were relatively calm yesterday, with all facilities operational.

 

 
Hama refugee camp was relatively calm and all UNRWA facilities operational there. An unconfirmed number of refugees arrived from Yarmouk today.
 
In Homs city, the shelling of Bab Amr and the Sultaniyeh neighbourhood intensified on Wednesday, but the camp in the city remained relativity calm. Communication difficulties continued throughout the week, but the camp had electricity for the first time in nearly two weeks on Wednesday. Facilities were operational but closed early due to the heavy snowfall.
 
Latakia refugee camp was reportedly calm and all UNRWA facilities operational.
 
Aleppo city was reportedly calm on Wednesday, but electricity shortages continued to affect much of the city. Mobile phones and the internet are down with landlines working infrequently. There is an increasing need for heating fuel, as families are now burning any wood they can find. UNRWA facilities in the city were operational on Wednesday. Ein el Tal camp was relatively quiet and accessible, due to the reduced level of hostilities in the area today. Neirab camp was also

 

relatively calm and accessible, and all facilities were operational in both camps.
 

IDP numbers in UNRWA facilities as of 7 January:

Area

F

M

Children

Total

Damascus Training Centre

309

381

496

1,186

Damascus (Jaramana)

396

234

459

1,089

Damascus (Mezzeh)

145

132

217

494

Damascus (Khan Eshieh)

378

326

536

1,240

Damascus (Ramadan)

380

306

480

1,166

Damascus (Dummar)

125

120

170

415

Damascus (Rukn Eddin)

132

107

145

384

Damascus (Khan Dannoun)

159

119

297

575

Aleppo (Neirab)*

182

102

176

460

Aleppo (Ein el Tal)*

218

128

285

631

Total

2,424

2,186

3,261

7,640

*Aleppo numbers correct as of 6 December

UNRWA response:

Area

Population

UNRWA facilities

Latest Distribution

Total Distribution (since March 2011)

Aleppo

36,912

17

9,000 food parcels

9,000 food parcels, 928 families cash assistance

Damascus/Rif

412,332

134

1,300 families cash assistance

27,784 families cash assistance

Dera’a

30,545

14

2,175 food parcels

1,916 families cash assistance, 6,600 food parcels

Hama

9,642

10

1,451 families cash assistance

1,451 families cash assistance

Homs

23,758

13

6,000 food parcels, 178 families cash assistance

3,122 families cash assistance, 6,000 food parcels

Latakia

11,076

9

1,250 families cash assistance

1,897 families cash assistance

Total

524,265

197

 

21,600 food parcels, cash assistance for 37,098 families

 -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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