Numbers At A Glance

10.8 million

People in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Syria

5.5 million

Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

6.4 million

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria

3+ million

Syrians Displaced to Neighboring Countries

The United States remains committed to helping the innocent children, women, and men affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced on September 12, 2014 the United States is providing nearly $500 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. Total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflict in March 2011 is now more than $2.9 billion. The United States remains the single-largest donor of humanitarian aid for those affected by Syria crisis, which has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.








Total U.S. Government (USG) Assistance to the Syria Humanitarian Response


*These figures are current as of October 24, 2014

Syria Fact Sheet, October 24, 2014

Key Developments

Since early September, violent clashes between Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) forces, moderate opposition groups, and ISIL have escalated in northern Syria, resulting in significant population displacement and unstable conditions for humanitarian operations. ISIL attacks on Aleppo Governorate’s city of Ayn al-Arab—also known as Kobani in Kurdish—have prompted more than 190,000 people to flee to Turkey since September 6, and nearly 10,000 Syrians from the city had arrived in Iraq’s Dohuk Governorate by mid-October, according to humanitarian organizations.

The USG, in coordination with the governments of Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, began airstrikes targeting ISIL in northern Syria on September 23, according to U.S. Central Command. Despite the airstrikes, humanitarian aid in northern Syria has continued.

Fighting has intensified in Syria’s southern governorates of Al Qunaytirah and Dar’a in recent weeks, displacing approximately 100,000 people during September, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). SARG aerial bombardments, including the use of barrel bombs, continue to displace civilians, destroy infrastructure, and damage medical facilities in southern Syria. Conflict-affected populations have fled to relatively safe rural areas of the governorates, as well as Damascus and Rif Damascus governorates.

Amid persistent insecurity and unpredictable access in northern and southern Syria, USG humanitarian partners continue to provide emergency medical care, food, relief commodities, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support to people in need in Syria and neighboring countries. Prior to winter, U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are pre-positioning relief supplies—including blankets, heating fuel, plastic sheeting, and winter clothing—to help vulnerable households prepare for cold temperatures.

Previous Syria Fact Sheets

Syria – Complex Emergency

FY 2015
10/24/2014 Fact Sheet #1 (285kb PDF) and map (558kb PDF)

FY 2014
09/12/2014 Fact Sheet #22 (263kb PDF) Arabic Translation (582kb PDF) and map (566kb PDF)
09/05/2014 Fact Sheet #21 (269kb PDF) Arabic Translation (609kb PDF) and map (560kb PDF)
07/30/2014 Fact Sheet #20 (258kb PDF) Arabic Translation (582kb PDF) and map (544kb PDF)
07/17/2014 Fact Sheet #19 (306kb PDF) Arabic Translation (565kb PDF) and map (601kb PDF)

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Last updated: October 28, 2014

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