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Flash Update #11: Humanitarian impact of the military operation in north-eastern Syria as of 29-31 October 2019

  Highlights 

On 29 October, the 150-hour period referred to in the
22 October Memorandum of Understanding ended. Despite this, clashes continued
between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian National Army (SNA) close
to the M4 highway between Ain al-Arab and Ein Issa, as well as in southern Ras
al-Ain displacing around 11,340 individuals from villages in Tal Tamr towards
Al-Hasakeh city. 

· Several civilian casualties occurred as a result of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) in SDF and SNA-held areas including Al-Hasakeh city, Afrin and northern Aleppo. On 2 November, a VBIED in Tal Abyad reportedly killed 14 people and injured 20, many of them civilians.  

· On 29 October, hostilities again damaged Alouk water station. Despite a number of attempts, repair and maintenance teams have been unable to reach the station
due to fighting in the area and no water has been pumped to Al-Hasakeh city
from Alouk since then. Around 460,000 people in Al-Hasakeh city and surrounding
areas are dependent on the station for their water supply.  

· Ongoing hostilities have damaged civilian infrastructure. Education partners report that 20 schools in Ras al-Ain were destroyed out of 150 schools in the district. 

· Since the start of the crisis on 9 October, there has been an approximate 20 per cent increase in food prices in Al-Hasakeh governorate with traders indicating the
increase is due to many supply routes being affected, constricting supply to
markets. 

· The Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from partners has completed an Emergency Immunization Campaign in Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Aleppo governorates, vaccinating 8,477 children under 5 years in Ain al-Arab and Manbij districts. 

· To date, 108,514 people, including some 45,575 children and 27,130 women of
reproductive age, remain displaced from Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Aleppo
governorates; 106,605 people returned to their places of origin. More than 40 per cent of those returning have returned to areas now under the control of Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in Tal Abyad, Ein Issa, and Suluk sub-districts in Ar-Raqqa governorate.  

· Over 13,000 Syrians have entered Iraq through informal crossing points; 74 per cent are women and children.   

Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
03 Nov 2019
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Syrian Arab Republic
Theme(s): 
Conflict
Humanitarian Access
Humanitarian Assistance
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2019