Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

Syria Regional Crisis Response Update 81
16-31 October 2014 | Issue 81 Highlights On 28 October, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl addressed a conference in Berlin on the Syrian refugee situation, hosted by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his address, Mr. Krähenbühl emphasized the unique vulnerability of Palestine refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries. To read the full speech, please click here . On 29 October, Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis visited Syria. During her visit, she inaugurated the re-habilitated Alma-Yarmouk School in Qabr Essit Camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus. The school had been severely damaged by conflict after the majority of the camp’s 25,000 residents were forced to seek refuge in safer areas. Sitting amidst considerable destruction, the school is now a symbol of hope and of UNRWA dedication to restoring services to Palestine refugees throughout Syria. To read more about the visit, please click here . More than half a million Palestine refugees continue to be affected by the conflict in Syria. UNRWA aims to preserve the resilience of Palestine refugees by continuing to provide critical services and humanitarian assistance. For a more detailed...
A family in their living space in Doumar shelter, Damascus. Thirteen UNRWA schools have been converted into UNRWA shelters.
Managing UNRWA collective shelters requires a skilled workforce. The Agency’s collective shelters, formerly UNRWA schools, host 8,000 of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees displaced by the war in Syria
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UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis has inaugurated a rehabilitated school for Palestine refugee children in Qabr Essit camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus.
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Palestine refugees, with a return to their homeland barred to them, feel vulnerable to the core of their being. We are grateful for the hospitality of the governments of Lebanon and of Jordan in hosting respectively over four hundred thousand and two million Palestine refugees for decades. But borders closed first to Palestinians from Syria. Today, Palestinians seeking to flee the war are forced to the most drastic routes. I call on the international community to do all it can to address the vulnerability of this one particular group.


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Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

UNRWA works to preserve refugee resilience through humanitarian relief

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. Click here to read more.

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The Syria Crisis and Palestine refugees

Three years of persistent conflict and deteriorating economic conditions in Syria have challenged the resilience of Palestine refugees and Syrians alike. Proportionately, displacement among Palestinians – conservatively estimated to be somewhere over 50 per cent – is significantly higher than the proportion of Syrians displaced by the conflict.

The vast majority of the population of approximately 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria is now unable to meet its daily needs. A September 2013 needs assessment found that the most vulnerable – female headed households, the elderly living alone, people with disabilities and young children – make up about 30 per cent of the total population of Palestine refugees in Syria.

All nine Palestine refugee camps are affected by the conflict. This has caused not only extreme hardship and widespread displacement but also an unravelling of their social structure and support networks in Syria. Palestine refugees’ coping mechanisms are stretched by unemployment, inflation and lack of access to goods and services. This compounding poverty exposes them to new vulnerabilities. 

Read more on the Syria Crisis Response Appeal 2013-2014: Click here to read more.

Read more on the Syria Crisis Response Mid-Year review 2014: Click here to read more.

Read more in the Syria Crisis Response Appeal 2013-2014 and the Syria Crisis Response Mid-Year Review 2014.  

Facts and Figures

575,000 refugee patient consultations will be provided in 2014


In the first half of the year, the 17 operating UNRWA health centres provided over 388,300 consultations. The agency subsidized 7,317 hospitalizations and administered more than 72,000 polio vaccines.


UNRWA covers the costs of secondary care and contributes towards hospitalization for emergency and life-threatening conditions for PRS.


98 per cent of Palestine refugees from Syria reported receiving medical care when needed.

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Funding Requirements

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 this 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
. 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.

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Total Appeal$417,400,000
Received to Date$207,000,000
50.41% Gap