UNRWA is uniquely placed to make a real difference in the lives of Palestine refugees affected across the region by the armed conflict in Syria. Without faltering in its programmes of services and assistance to a population of some 5 million Palestine refugees across the region, and despite chronic financial constraints, UNRWA will continue to address the growing humanitarian needs of affected Palestine refugees, not only inside Syria, but also in Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza.
Over the next year, from 1 January to 31 December 2014, UNRWA will provide urgent humanitarian assistance to up to 440,000 Palestine refugees affected by conflict in Syria, as many as 80,000 to 100,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon, up to 20,000 PRS in Jordan and up to 1,200 PRS in Gaza. The number of people in need is rapidly approaching the total population of 540,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria.
For the coming period, UNRWA requires US$ 417.4 million, of which US$ 310 million will be programmed inside Syria, US$ 90.4 million in Lebanon and US$ 14.6 million in Jordan.2 US$ 2.4 million is required for regional management and emergency response outside of the purview of these three field offices, including cash assistance for PRS families in Gaza. This is a conservative reckoning of what is required to address the most basic requirements of a community unravelling and in acute distress.