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Flash Update #9: Humanitarian impact of the military operation in north-eastern Syria as of 21-24 October 2019

Highlights 

The five-day ceasefire ended on the evening of 22 October.
That same evening, the Russian and Turkish presidents announced an agreement on
security parameters in the northeast, including proposed security arrangements
along the border.  

· While the agreement puts an end to large-scale military operations, localized
incidents continue to occur, particularly in Ras Al Ain and Tal Tamer with an increase in improvised explosive device attacks observed in Quamishli, Ar-Raqqa and Al-Hasakeh governorates over the past few days. These incidents injured many civilians, including children. 

· On 24 October the 14 remaining families (84 individuals) in Mabruka camp were
evacuated to Areesheh camp after an unsuccessful attempt on 23 October due to
interference from armed groups. Those evacuated included a critically ill woman
and two other people requiring medevac. 

· 139,265 people, including around 58,485 children and 35,500 women of reproductive age, remain displaced from Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Aleppo governorates; to date, 61,200 people have returned to their places of origin. Almost half of those returning have returned to areas now under the control of Turkish Armed Forces in Tell Abiad, Ein Issa, and Suluk sub-districts in Ar-Raqqa governorate. 

· More than 10,100 refugees have crossed into Iraq through informal crossing points; the vast majority are being hosted in Baradash camp. 

· On 27 October, the Syrian Humanitarian Fund (SHF) will launch a reserve allocation of US $15 million to support partners responding to the crisis.  

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