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Situation Report #12: Recent Developments in Northwest Syria (as of 17 April 2020)

Highlights

  1. Immense humanitarian needs remain for people in northwest Syria despite a relatively calm security situation under the current ceasefire. Further scale-up is needed as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies people’s needs and hampers response efforts. Urgent emergency needs are increasingly being exacerbated by needs associated with those of people in longer-term displacement.
  2. Some 126,000 people displaced in northwest Syria have moved to areas in Idleb and western Aleppo governorates from which they were displaced since 1 December 2019. This includes some 106,000 people who returned to their areas of origin and some 20,000 people who arrived back to areas to which they were previously displaced prior to the latest displacement. Nearly three quarters went back in the first half of April.
  3. To date, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified in northwest Syria. Humanitarian response efforts continue to focus on preparedness and response planning to minimise the potential impact of COVID-19 on communities and on humanitarian partners.
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Cluster(s)/Sector(s): 
Original Publication Date: 
17 Apr 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Theme(s): 
COVID-19
Coordination hub(s): 
Gaziantep
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020