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Syrian Arab Republic: 2017 Humanitarian Dashboard

During the first quarter of 2017, hostilities continued to exacerbate displacement and humanitarian needs across the
country. An estimated 615,000 people were reported to have been displaced, many of whom have been displaced
multiple times since the onset of the crisis. In Ar-Raqqa Governorate, tracking reports indicate almost 200,000 IDPs
have been displaced since November 2016. Access challenges, particularly amid the ongoing military offensive,
severely hampered an effective response. Similarly, between January and March an acute military escalation was
observed in the besieged East Ghouta enclave and the surrounding areas of Barzeh and Qaboun. An overall
tightening of commercial access to East Ghouta, along with growing infighting among NSAGs, compounded the
humanitarian situation in the area, particularly for the provision of medical assistance. The first quarter of 2017 also
witnessed a number of local ‘reconciliation’ agreements between the Government of Syria (GoS) and Non-State
Armed Groups (NSAG) in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, often following periods of heightened insecurity and
severe access restrictions. These agreements could result in the arrival of some 45,000 evacuees to northwestern
Syria over the coming months.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
15 Jun 2017
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Dashboard