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Situation Report #7: Recent Developments in Northwest Syria (as of 29 January 2020)

  1. Since 1 December 2019, nearly 390,000 people have fled from their homes, mainly from southern Idleb and western Aleppo governorates, mostly escaping hostilities by moving to urban centers and IDP camps in northwest Idleb. Tens of thousands of others have reportedly moved to areas such as Afrin, A’zaz and Al-Bab in northern Aleppo governorate.
  2. Most of the people displaced in northwest Syria since 15 January have been displaced multiple times before, with each new displacement introducing new risks and intensifying existing vulnerabilities.
  3. Daily bombardments perpetuate the unstable security situation in northwest Syria, affecting civilian infrastructure including IDP camps, schools, health centers and hospitals.
  4. Winter conditions are compounding the vulnerability of displaced people. Many who fled are in urgent need of humanitarian support, particularly shelter, food, health, non-food and winterization assistance.
  5. Devaluation of the Syrian Pound is driving up prices and unaffordability of essential goods and services in northwestern Syria, exacerbating the dire situation and reliance on humanitarian assistance.
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
29 Jan 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020