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Turkey | Syria: Latest Developments in North-western Syria (as of 13 March 2018)


  • Following a significant decrease in hostilities between Government of Syria forces and non-state armed groups in north-western Syria on 10 February, inter-factional fighting between Hayyat Tahrir Al-Sham and the Syria Liberation Front broke out on 20 February.
  • The infighting in north-western Syria, which has so far been concentrated in southern and northern rural Idleb, as well as western rural Aleppo, caused casualties among civilians and localized and temporary displacement in certain areas, and disrupted humanitarian work.
  • On 08 March, a two-day truce succeeded in stopping the infighting between the warring parties. However, hostilities resumed on the evening of 11 March, indicating that efforts to reach a permanent truce have stalled.
  • The humanitarian situation in Afrin district continues to be exacerbated by the ongoing hostilities, with Afrin town and surrounding communities almost militarily encircled. Thousands have been displaced in Afrin and to nearby communities in Government of Syria held areas. The water supply to Afrin town has been cut off since 07 March, following a change in control of the 17th April Dam, north-east of Afrin town.
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
13 Mar 2018
Document type: 
Situation Report
Public Information and Advocacy
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020