The deteriorating situation in Syria is forcing many Palestine refugees and Syrians into destitution. Significant numbers of people, many of whom were previously self-reliant, can no longer meet their basic needs.
Armed conflict in Syria continued to escalate this week, resulting in more loss of lives and significant displacement. As the situation continues to deteriorate in Syria, more civilians are unable to meet their basic needs.
16 January 2013 UNRWA has called on all sides in the conflict in Syria to refrain from taking up positions in or conducting the conflict in civilian areas, and reiterated its appeal to all sides to minimise human suffering.