Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

Operations and Achievements in Syria 2016

2016 was be marked by escalating violence across Syria, impacting Palestine refugees, especially in Aleppo and Rif Damascus. Since 2012, 17 UNRWA staff members have lost their lives as a result of the conflict, including four in 2016 alone, in Khan Eshieh, Qabr Essit and Aleppo. Many more have...

Sahnaya Distribution Centre, Sahnaya, Rif Damascus, Syria, May 2016. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
The Government of Italy, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), has contributed EUR 2.25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s emergency operations in response to the ongoing Syria crisis.
Damascus, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
Eighty-year-old Palestine refugee Alia Shehabi moved in search of refuge with her family to the old city of Damascus when they left Palestine in 1948
Oum Moussa tells her story at the launch of the 2017 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal in Lebanon. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Ali Hashisho
Oum Moussa, a mother of four from Khan Eshieh camp, fled the war in Syria with her family and sought refuge in Burj Barajneh camp in Beirut, where she faces the challenges of life in Lebanon with courage and the hope of returning to her country
Jaramana collective shelter, Syria. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad

Delivering vital assistance and services to Palestine refugees in Syria remains a major challenge for UNRWA. 
During 2016, the conflict in Syria has continued with intensity and unpredictability, resulting in further loss of civilian life and material destruction. Of the estimated 450,000...

#MyVoiceMySchool. Homs camp, Syria. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
A student voice project that gives young people a say in their education and future.
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Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict. Of the total 560,000 Palestine refugees from Syria, almost all require assistance. Click here to read more.

 

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#Syria5Years. © UNRWA Photo
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© 2016 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammed
Engaging with the youth of Syria
#MyVoiceMySchool. © UNRWA Photo
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The Syria Crisis

In 2017, conditions in Syria are expected to remain volatile and marked by continuing and intense armed violence and limited humanitarian access. Amid this unconscionable bloodshed and destruction, Palestine refugees remain particularly vulnerable and have been disproportionately affected by the conflict, due to their proximity to conflict areas inside Syria, high rates of poverty, and the tenuous legal status of those forced to flee to Lebanon and Jordan.

Of the estimated 450,000 Palestine refugees that remain inside Syria, over 95 per cent (430,000) are in critical need of sustained humanitarian assistance in order to survive. Almost 280,000 are internally displaced, and an estimated 43,000 are trapped in hard-to-reach or inaccessible locations.

Delivering vital assistance and services to Palestine refugees remains a major challenge for the Agency. Over 120,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) have fled the country, including over 31,000 who have fled to Lebanon and over 16,000 to Jordan. Many PRS in Lebanon and Jordan have been pushed into a precarious and marginalized existence due to their uncertain legal status and face limited social protection, making them heavily reliant on UNRWA for their basic needs.

Within this complex and challenging operating environment, UNRWA will continue to adapt and innovate to ensure that it meets the essential needs of PRS affected by the Syria crisis, for whom it will remain the main provider of basic relief and humanitarian assistance.

In 2017 UNRWA requires US$ 411 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Read more in the 2017 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.

Learn more about Palestine refugee camps prior to the start of the conflict in Syria

Facts and Figures

About 400,000 PALESTINE REFUGEES FROM SYRIA (PRS) HAVE BEEN DISPLACED

The majority of the 450,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria are internally displaced and remain in continuous need of humanitarian aid. Up to 280,000 are currently displaced inside Syria, with a further 120,000 displaced to neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and increasingly, to Europe. The escalating violence makes movement and access more difficult and causes severe hardship. Jordan effectively closed its borders to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) early in the conflict; Lebanon followed suit in May 2015.

There are 31,000 PRS in Lebanon. 

There are 16,000 PRS in Jordan. 

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Funding Requirements

In 2017, UNRWA requires US$ 411 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, centred on preserving resilience through the provision of humanitarian assistance in the form of cash, food and relief items. UNRWA will provide a protective framework for Palestine refugees through helping mitigate their vulnerability by maintaining access to basic services including education; health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and by promoting respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL). UNRWA will strengthen humanitarian capacity, coordination and management to improve the effectiveness of its emergency programme delivery.

Read more in the 2017 Syria Emergency Appeal.

Total Appeal$411,000,000
Received to Date$0
Gap$411,000,000
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With thanks to our donors

Our ability to respond depends on the generosity of donors and the guarantee of safe and consistent access to those in need, in accordance with international law. We urge donors to maintain and increase their support in 2017 to mitigate the humanitarian impacts of the crisis in Syria, enhance the protection of civilians and prevent further suffering. We call on all parties to the Syria conflict to urgently pursue a negotiated solution and put an end to the violence, destruction, and violation of rights, dignity and humanity.

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