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Situation Report 4: Recent Developments in Northwestern Syria as of 31 May 2019


• Over the past week, airstrikes, shelling and ground fighting intensified across the de-militarized zone in northwest Syria, exacerbating the impact of the conflict on civilians, civilian infrastructure, and humanitarian service provision in northern Hama, southern Idleb, and western Aleppo governorates.

• Almost 270,000 displacements from northern Hama and southern Idleb governorates were recorded between 1 and 22 May. 

• A total of 24 health facilities, 35 schools, four facilities providing protection services, three IDP settlements, and one refugee camp were reportedly affected by hostilities in recent weeks. 

• Humanitarian response is ongoing with tens of thousands of people being provided food, protection, nutrition, health, shelter, education and WASH services, while considerable gaps across sectors remain. 

• Provision of emergency response remains challenging, as numbers of displaced people continue to rise. A further escalation of violence, triggering waves of displacement, would overwhelm an already stretched response.

• Between 29 April and 29 May, reports indicate that an estimated 3,075 persons displaced to government-controlled areas through unofficial routes going to Latakia (750), Aleppo (2,050), and Tartous (275).


United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
31 May 2019
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2019