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Syria Crisis: North East Syria - Situation Report No. 20 (1 December – 31 December 2017)

Syria Crisis: North East Syria - Situation Report No. 20 (1 December – 31 December 2017)

Highlights

 The overall humanitarian and protection situation for civilians displaced from Ar-Raqqa city remains of high concern, particularly with regard to the impact of explosive hazards contamination on safe returns and safe access for humanitarian actors. According to the US-led Coalition, between 20 October 2017 and 3 January 2018, explosive hazards have reportedly killed 220 civilians and injured hundreds of others in Ar-Raqqa city.

 In Deir-ez-Zor city, military operations and associated heavy aerial attacks have reportedly resulted in explosive hazards contamination. While the scope and scale remains unknown, this contamination is a major protection concern for IDPs who may return to their homes, while also impeding safe and timely delivery of humanitarian assistance.

 The number of IDPs in main IDP camps in northeast Syria continues to decline, but remains significantly above existing camp capacities. In addition to concerns with regards to the camp overcrowding, serious protection concerns prevail in relation to recruitment, including child recruitment as well as gender-based violence (GBV)-related challenges for women and girls. 

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
21 Jan 2018
Document type: 
Situation Report
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020