Syria

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

2.9 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.

9.3 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, and more than 2.8 million people have fled to the neighboring countries.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced on June 4, 2014 the United States will provide $290 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the war in Syria. With this additional funding, the United States’ humanitarian assistance since the crisis began is more than $2 billion to help those suffering inside Syria, as well as refugees and host communities in the neighboring countries.

The United States continues to work through all possible channels to deliver aid to those in need in Syria -- including through the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, and local Syrian organizations -- to help those in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, no matter where they reside.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO SYRIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE FY 2012 - 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$437,297,611

USAID/FFP

$706,597,940

State/PRM

$885,958,549

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

$2,029,854,100

*These figures are current as of June 4, 2014

Current Syria Fact Sheet

Key Developments

On July 14, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing U.N. cross-border and cross-line delivery of humanitarian aid to conflict-affected populations without the need for approval from the Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG). The new resolution permits the U.N.’s use of four border crossings from Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq—in addition to other crossings already in use by U.N. agencies—for delivery of humanitarian assistance into Syria. The resolution also establishes a monitoring mechanism—under the authority of U.N. Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon and with the consent of the neighboring countries—to ensure that deliveries across these border points contain only humanitarian items.

Heavy fighting, widespread destruction, and attacks on residential areas continue to contribute to deaths and population displacement in Syria. Between April and June, violence displaced approximately 688,000 people, primarily in Dayr az Zawr and Idlib governorates, with smaller-scale displacements in Aleppo, Al Hasakah, Dar’a, Latakia, and Rif Damascus governorates, according to a quarterly humanitarian situation analysis published on July 3 by the Syria Needs Analysis Project. In addition, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the conflict had resulted in approximately 171,500 deaths as of July 8. The total death toll comprises approximately 56,500 civilians; 65,800 SARG soldiers and pro-SARG militia personnel; 46,300 fighters from opposition groups and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); and 2,900 unidentified individuals.

For the first time since October 2012, the U.N. and its partners delivered food, household items, and hygiene supplies to approximately 5,000 people in the besieged town of Madamiyet Elsham, Rif Damascus Governorate, on July 14.

Two U.N. partner mobile clinics also provided medical services to area residents until their supplies were depleted. The U.N. is continuing aid delivery for three additional consecutive days with the aim of reaching a total of approximately 20,000 people.

On July 10, UNSG Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Staffan de Mistura, previously Special Representative of the UNSG in Iraq and in Afghanistan, as U.N. Special Envoy for Syria. Special Envoy de Mistura is assuming the role from Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May. UNSG Ban also appointed Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, head of the mission of the League of Arab States to Austria, as the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria.


Previous Syria Fact Sheets

Syria – Complex Emergency

FY 2014

07/03/2014 Fact Sheet #18 (292kb PDF) Arabic Translation (570kb PDF) and map (545kb PDF)
06/19/2014 Fact Sheet #17 (266kb PDF) Arabic Translation (545kb PDF) and map (570kb PDF)
06/04/2014 Fact Sheet #16 (162kb PDF) Arabic Translation (544kb PDF) and map (599kb PDF)
05/22/2014 Fact Sheet #15 (336kb PDF) Arabic Translation (550kb PDF) and map (602kb PDF)
05/08/2014 Fact Sheet #14 (344kb PDF) Arabic Translation (547kb PDF)and map (615kb PDF)

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Last updated: July 28, 2014

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