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Flash Update #10: Humanitarian impact of the military operation in north-eastern Syria as of 26-28 October 2019



On 29 October, the 150-hour period referred to in the
22 October Memorandum of Understanding ended; this followed an announcement on
27 October that Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were redeploying away from the Turkish-Syrian
border to be replaced by Government of Syria (GoS) border guards.  

· In southern Ras al-Ain, heavy clashes between Turkish-affiliated armed forces and the SDF continue, with fighting also taking place in north-west Manbii as well
as Ein Issa. Localized incidents using improvised explosive devices also
occurred in Suluk and Ras al-Ain during the reporting period. Clashes were also
reported in other areas. 

· On 26 October SARC conducted a cross-line mission to Alouk water station to rotate the maintenance team deployed to monitor the station. Two subsequent missions (on 27 and 29 October) were aborted due to insecurity on the road. Ongoing maintenance is essential to maintain functionality of the water system
servicing 400,000 people in Hasakeh city. 

· To date, 105,574 people, including around 44,340 children and 26,400 women of
reproductive age, remain displaced from Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Aleppo
governorates; 96,855 people returned to their places of origin. Forty per cent of those returning have returned to areas now under the control of Turkish Armed Forces in Tal Abyad, Ein Issa, and Suluk sub-districts in Ar-Raqqa governorate. 

· More than 12,000 Syrian refugees have entered Iraq through informal crossing points; the influx has overwhelmed the capacity of the recently-opened Bardarash camp. More than 800 people are now being accommodated at Gawilan transit site.  

· On 27 October, the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria
launched a Syrian Humanitarian Fund (SHF) reserve allocation of US $15 million to support partners responding to the crisis.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
29 Oct 2019
Document type: 
Situation Report
Syrian Arab Republic
Humanitarian Access
Syria: Crisis 2011-2022