Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

On World Humanitarian Day, UNRWA Honours its Courageous Staff Members in Syria
Over 3,500 UNRWA staff currently work in Syria, serving Palestine refugees in a situation of intense and ongoing armed conflict. On World Humanitarian Day, UNRWA wishes to recognise the heroism of these colleagues and to honour those twelve that have lost their lives as a result of the conflict. UNRWA’s Yarmouk team is just one example among many of the courage and professionalism demonstrated by UNRWA staff in Syria. They are humanitarian heroes in the most literal sense. Every day, these women and men cross into an active battleground, facing shelling, armed clashes and sniper fire to deliver life-saving assistance to 18,000 trapped civilians. They comprise logisticians, labourers, doctors, nurses, security officers and mission leaders, all serving the people of Yarmouk with the highest standards of professionalism and courage. Many are former residents of Yarmouk themselves, working within sight of their own shattered homes. Since first reaching the besieged area in January 2014 and following 12 months without access, this closely-knit team has successfully responded to widespread and acute malnutrition, typhoid outbreaks and civilian casualties, all while gunfire regularly...
Syria Regional Crisis Response Update 77
The period of this update has seen above-average food distribution in Yarmouk from 16 to 24 July, during which UNRWA distributed food parcels to 4,673 civilian families in Yarmouk. UNRWA remains deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation in Yarmouk and appeals to all parties to do everything in their power to end the suffering of the over 18,000 civilians trapped there.
Food Distribution in Yarmouk

Food Distribution in Yarmouk

UNRWA distributed food parcels and hygiene kits to hundreds of families in Yarmouk on 17 July.
“Reaching and Assisting Palestine Refugees is a Vital Imperative”: UNRWA Commissioner-General on First Visit to Syria
UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has said that Palestine refugees in Syria face extreme hardship as a result of the ongoing armed conflict. He pointed out that, in recent years, “Many refugees had, often overnight, lost everything from their homes, their livelihoods, their businesses and their hopes. In their families, they had confronted death, injury and disappearance. As another generation of Palestinians experiences the trauma of displacement, their situation has become, in human terms, nothing short of catastrophic and yet is often being overlooked.” His comments came on his first visit to Syria as Commissioner-General, to see for himself the suffering of the Palestine refugees and to advocate for expanded humanitarian access.
UNRWA Launches 2014 Syria Response Plan
The war in Syria is devastating the lives of over half a million Palestine refugees who have been living in exile for six decades. The UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Response Plan for 2014, published today, sets out the Agency’s interventions to strengthen the resilience of Palestine refugees, and to help them weather the dangers of the conflict. The outlook for Palestine refugees from Syria is increasingly bleak, as communities, livelihoods, assets and support networks painstakingly built over decades are being destroyed. Proportionally, displacement among Palestinians is much higher than that of Syrians, and the threats to safe refuge in Syria combined with severely restricted options for flight has confronted Palestine refugees with unprecedented challenges. The Plan outlines how UNRWA facilities, services and considerable humanitarian assets across the region will be harnessed and deployed to support Palestine refugees, as well as many Syrians, throughout the coming year.
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Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, with virtually all of their residential areas experiencing armed engagements or the use of heavy weapons. Of the total 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria, almost all require assistance.

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Facts and Figures

109,940 PRS will receive shelter assistance

We estimate that 109,940 severely conflict affected and displaced PRS will receive temporary shelter or shelter assistance in 2014.

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$50 GIVES A FAMILY AN EMERGENCY HOUSEHOLD KIT
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$100 PROVIDES A FAMILY WITH FUEL FOR 1 MONTH

Funding Requirements

The total pledged amount against the 2014 Response Plan stands at $109.2 million, including $33.7 million pledged in 2013 for implementation in 2014. This amount is equivalent to 26 per cent of the total budget of the 2014 Syria regional crisis response required for January-December 2014 ($417 million). 

Of the total response plan, 74 per cent is budgeted for implementation in Syria, 22 per cent in Lebanon, 3.5 per cent in Jordan and 0.5 per cent for regional coordination.

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Total Appeal$417,400,000
Received to Date$109,200,000
Gap$308,200,000
73.84% Gap
Coverage26.16%