Syria Crisis

Syria Crisis

Palestine refugee children stand in front of a destroyed building in Ein El Tal camp in Syria. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abou Zeid
In 2019, UNRWA requires US$ 277 million for its humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. This response will be guided by the following three strategic priorities:
Strategic Priority 1: To preserve resilience through the provision of humanitarian assistance...
UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl (center) calls for a total of US$ 1.2 billion to fund the Agency’s vital core services and life-saving humanitarian aid for 5.4 million Palestine refugees across the Middle East during press conference at the United Nations in Geneva on 29 January 2019. © UNRWA Photo by Maria Mohammedi
The Commissioner-General of UNRWA , Pierre Krähenbühl, today called for a total of US$ 1.2 billion to fund the Agency’s vital core services and life-saving humanitarian aid for 5.4 million Palestine refugees across the Middle East
Freezing temperatures and poor weather conditions in Syria have had a severe impact on Palestine refugees throughout the Middle East region this week
H.E. Ambassador of Italy in Lebanon Massimo Marotti and Director of UNRWA Operations in Lebanon sign EUR 1.5 million agreement in support of UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal. © 2019 UNRWA Photo by Nuha Ahmad
The Ambassador of Italy in Lebanon, Massimo Marotti, and the Director UNRWA in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, signed an agreement for an additional contribution of EUR 1.5 million

Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict. Of the total 438,000 Palestine refugees from Syria, the vast majority require assistance. Click here to read more.

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Facts and Figures


With the crisis having entered its eighth year, prolonged displacement, unchecked inflation, rising unemployment rates, and loss of livelihood and home are all compounding the economic hardship felt by Syrians and Palestinians alike. As a result, of the 438,000 Palestine refugees currently in Syria, the vast majority are in need of sustained humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs. As part of the humanitarian assistance package, UNRWA distributes food parcels, meeting approximately one-third of daily caloric needs per person per month.

Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon and in Jordan continue to rely on UNRWA cash assistance, which is often used to meet their basic food and material needs.

Gap 87.50
Coverage 12.50

Funding Requirements

In 2018, UNRWA requires US$ 438 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 is also the main provider of basic healthcare to all 438,000 Palestine refugees in Syria as well as providing education to more than 48,000 students. In the nine official camps, the Agency ensures access to basic services including water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). As of 1st of September 2018, the Emergency Appeal for Syria is 12,5% funded.

Read more in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal 2018

Total Appeal$438,000,000
Received to Date$54,750,000

The Syria Crisis

Into the eighth year of conflict, conditions in Syria 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. The timeline below tells their story.

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 2018 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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