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Syria Crisis: North East Syria - Situation Report No. 27 (15 July – 31 August 2018)

Syria Crisis: North East Syria - Situation Report No. 27 (15 July – 31 August 2018)

Highlights

 An estimated 152,360 individuals returned to Ar-Raqqa city since October 2017, although conditions remain unconducive for returns due to high levels of destruction and explosive hazard contamination. Sub-standard living conditions in IDP sites, protracted displacement, movement restrictions and a lack of information on the scale and scope of explosive hazard risks in Raqqa city may all be factors leading IDPs to return

 Although humanitarian actors are gradually increasing their presence and operations in major areas of return in Ar-Raqqa city and in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, explosive hazard contamination remains is also hampering humanitarian access and operations, assessments in both governorates.

 On 18 August, a non-governmental organization was targeted by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Raqqa city. The last vehicle of the convoy was hit by a remote controlled IED, injuring one person. While an investigation is ongoing, this is the first time an international organization is targeted in such an attack. The security situation is being closely monitored by all humanitarian organizations.

 An estimated 204,950 people have returned to their areas of origin within Deir-ez-Zor Governorate since November 2017. The situation of civilians who remain trapped in the final ISIL-held enclave in Syria along the east bank of the Euphrates River in southern rural Deir-ez-Zor remains a significant concern amidst ongoing reports of airstrikes, ground offensives, explosive hazard contamination.

 Between the 23 June and the end of August some 500 cases of typhoid was reported in Al-Hasakeh Governorate. This outbreak of typhoid is in addition to ongoing reports of acute bloody diarrhea in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, with some 451 cases reported over the reporting period. 

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
14 Sep 2018
Document type: 
Situation Report
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2019