Deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north-west
The month of August witnessed further serious deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the north-west, with intense aerial bombardment and shelling reported in parts of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Latakia governorates, resulting in the death and injury of civilians, and damage and destruction of civilian infrastructure including schools and hospital. These recent events have placed even more strain on humanitarian responders and vulnerable host communities. According to UNRWA estimates, up to 20,000 Palestine refugees, many of whom had been displaced to Idlib as part of reconciliation agreements, may be a_ected by the escalation of hostilities in the north-west, and could be further exposed to violence and displacement. The Agency is observing the situation very closely and has developed a response plan for the provision of humanitarian assistance for a_ected Palestine refugees.