Syria

Syria Humanitarian Aid
USAID is providing humanitarian aid to more than 5 million Syrians each month.
Zein Al Rifa, AFP

Key Developments

Since December 2019, a Syrian Arab Republic Government and Government of the Russian Federation offensive—including airstrikes, shelling, and ground attacks—has displaced an estimated 961,000 people in northwest Syria, including approximately 444,000 people displaced during February alone. This is the single largest instance of displacement since the Syria crisis began in 2011.

 

 

On March 3, during a visit to the Turkey–Syria border, U.S. Representative to the UN Ambassador Kelly Craft announced approximately $108 million in additional U.S. assistance for the humanitarian response in Syria and to support Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. The new assistance will support live-saving aid for internally displaced persons, refugees, and other vulnerable populations in Syria, as well as Syrian refugees in the region. The funding includes support to expand the international relief operation in northwest Syria, providing additional emergency food, health, shelter, winterization, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support. Since the start of the crisis, the U.S. has provided more than $10.6 billion in humanitarian aid to assist Syrians in need.

 

 

Background

The Syrian conflict is the largest and most complex humanitarian crisis of our time, driving record levels of displacement. Nearly 12 million people are displaced within Syria or have fled to neighboring countries. Approximately 60% of the current population—or 11.7 million people—are in need of humanitarian aid. The emergence of ISIS exacerbated the protracted crisis, where the Assad regime has waged an unrelenting campaign of bloodshed and violence against its own people for more than eight years.

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Last updated: March 20, 2020

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