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Flash Update #7: Humanitarian impact of the military operation in north-eastern Syria as of 16-18 October 2019

Highlights  

· On the evening of 17 October, the United States
announced an agreement for a 5-day ceasefire (120 hours) following meetings
with the Turkish President to allow for the withdrawal of SDF forces from the
Syrian-Turkish border. The announcement followed intense clashes in Ras Al Ain
city – which was reportedly encircled by Turkish forces earlier that same day –
and an appeal by health actors in the city to evacuate civilians and those who
had been injured. 

· Despite the announcement of the ceasefire, shelling
and gunfire continue to be reported in Ras Al Ain as of the morning of 18
October. No information is currently available on casualties. The situation is
reportedly calm elsewhere.  

· In just over a week, at least 165,000 people have
been displaced, including an estimated 70,000 children. Of those displaced,
around 8,000 people are being hosted in 48 collective shelters across 8
sub-districts of Al-Hasakeh governorate. The rest are residing in host
communities. 

· On 17 October reports were also received that 3,250
families (around 16,250 people) had been displaced from communities in northern
Aleppo towards Menbij. Displaced families are reportedly staying with relatives
and in informal settlements.  

· As of 17 October, around 91,000 people remain in five
camps across North East Syria (Al Hol, Areesheh, Mabruka, Al Roj and Mahmudli).
The remaining 15 households in Ein Issa camp departed on 16 October. Efforts to
evacuate the 14 families (83 individuals) who are still in Mabruka are underway
– three medical cases were evacuated on 17 October and taken to a hospital 60
km away from the camp, although specialized services are required to treat
these individuals.  

· Although return movements to Quamishli have been
observed, exact figures are yet to be confirmed. 

· The United Nations and partners have seen worrying
reports of attacks impacting medical facilities and airstrikes causing
civilians deaths. 

· Phase II of the Alok mission to repair the water
system that serves over 400,000 people in Al-Hasakeh is planned to take place
in the coming days. 

· Despite challenges, humanitarian partners continue to
assist people in need where access is possible. Focus has been placed on support to those newly-displaced – both in 48
collective shelters and host communities – as well as IDPs in five camps. Food
security partners are providing blanket food rations to up to 580,000 people in
Ar-Raqqa and Al Hasakeh governorates to ensure that all affected people are
reached as a first-line response, while essential services such as health and
water are also being provided.  

· Stocks of food and medicine, as well as necessary
pipelines for bringing aid into the area and referral pathways to move those in
need to adequate care facilities, are in place to meet many of the immediate
needs, and partners continue to scale up their response across all areas.  

· While existing readiness measures have ensured that
many of required supplies are available to meet needs, stocks have had to be
diverted from regular programming and are being depleted. Additional resources
are therefore urgently needed in order to maintain pipelines. To date, the 2019
Humanitarian Response Plan remain only 40 per cent funded.  

Operation(s)/Espace(s) web: 
Organisation(s): 
Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies
Date de publication initiale: 
17 oct 2019
Type de document: 
Rapport de Situation
Lieu(x): 
Syrian Arab Republic
Thème(s): 
Accès Humanitaire
Conflit
Assistance Humanitaire
Catastrophe(s)/Urgence: 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020