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- About 20,000 to 50,000 people in Syria’s Raqqa city continue to live under dire humanitarian conditions and fear for their lives and protection as military operations intensify. Water and electricity has been reportedly cut-off for more than a month. People are forced to collect unsafe water, exposing them to the risk of waterborne diseases. Unexploded ordnances and landmines continues to be a serious safety concern.
- In Syria in July, 481,400 people in 189 hard-to-reach areas and about 23,350 others in nine besieged areas received critical UNICEF However, delays in approvals for cross-line convoys, shifting conflict lines and restrictions or removals of health supplies continue to hamper the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
- Approximately 50,000 Syrians at Jordan’s northeastern border remain highly vulnerable. According to a rapid assessment completed by UNICEF in July, 80 per cent reported that at least one of their children suffered from diarrhea in the previous two weeks and 84 per cent reported behavioral change in their children due to stress, mainly driven by lack of food (77 per cent), exposure to bomb attacks (77 per cent), and lack of water (75 per cent).
- In Iraq, 1,424 Syrians were re-admitted to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in July after they were previously allowed to return to Syria by the authorities. An increasing number of out-of-camp Syrian refugees are expressing interest to relocate to camps to benefit from humanitarian services. However, refugee camp capacities are limited, leading to waiting lists.
- In Lebanon, following an offensive against armed groups in border areas with Syria, over 400 civilians sought refuge in Aarsal town. UNICEF, through partners, continues to monitor the situation of children and provide WASH and child protection support.
- In July, over 72,000 refugee children in Turkey received a conditional cash transfer for education payment for attending school regularly in preceding months, a nearly 29 per cent increase in beneficiaries over the previous payment in May 2017. The payment also included, for the first time, children attending Temporary Education Centers.
- As of 10 August, UNICEF’s appeals for Syria and Iraq response to Syrian refugees are 63 per cent and 68 per cent underfunded respectively, including carry-forward. Donor funding is urgently needed to ensure the continuation and sustainability of this critical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations, particularly children.