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OCHA Flash Update Syria Crisis – Eastern Ghouta No. 1, 26 March 2017

1. Highlights

● The escalation of hostilities since the beginning of February has put hundreds of thousands of people living in the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave and up to 25,000-30,000 people remaining in Barzeh and Qaboun at risk, and led to a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in these areas.

● Since 19 March, civilians in the eastern parts of Damascus city have also been affected by the operation launched by Non-state Armed Groups (NSAGs) in Jobar and Qaboun.

● The closure of formal and informal access routes to eastern Ghouta has led to sharp price hikes, limiting people’s access to basic commodities.

● Over 27,000 people have been displaced from Barzeh, Qaboun and West Harasta to At Tall and to locations within Eastern Ghouta to date. 

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
26 Mar 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
Syria: Crisis 2011-2018