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After the liberation of Idleb Governorate by armed opposition and its progress towards Al Ghab Valley, Russian
forces received an authorization from Kremlin to spread military troops and use warplanes in Syria under the
pretext of fighting terrorism in Syria.
In mid-September 2015, Russian airplanes started surveillance rounds over the out of regime control areas. The
first air strike was carried out on September, 30, 2015. Russian forces targeted Al Latmana Village and some
residential buildings there; this village is located in Kafar Zeita Sub-district in Hama Governorate. Taking into
consideration that this area is under the control of moderate opposition that was trained by Europe and USA
and now this opposition is supported and supplied with weapons by them as well. Russian airstrikes aimed to
support regime’s army on the ground. Syrian regime has started to move forward the liberated areas of Hama
Governorate under the aerial protection of the Russians.
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Russian aircraft targeted the vaccine center in ALTAMANEEA town
Which is located in the southern country side of  IDLIB city , and this event led to total destruction of the center, The vaccine center works on vaccination children in ALTAMANEEA , And its surrounding villages in the eastern side of  MAART ALNOAMAN , 

what is worth to mention that in this center , especially in the eleventh round of the vaccination rounds, the number of vaccinated

children of polio vaccine was around 11000 child

The Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) has issued the 24th monthly monitoring report on the internally displaced People’s (IDPs) camps in northern Syria. The assessment was conducted to assess the living conditions of the IDPs in camps during July 2015.

The total number of covered camps in July was 167 camps. During this month seven camps were closed or merged and six new camps were established.

The acting IRC organization had to pause all its activities for 17 days in camps, this led to a critical situation there with halting of all services and increasing the suffering of IDPs. Demographically, the number of IDPs remained almost the same, except some of them returned to their homes due to lack of services and high living expenses inside the camps.

Regarding food security sector, Human Appeal Organization, Kader, and Turkish IHH continued to distribute food baskets in some camps in Atma, Al-Karama, Salqin, Al-Rahma and Qah clusters. However, the food aid provided by active organizations in this sector is insufficient compared to the urgent IDP needs.

The Blue Crescent Organization distributed 1,342 medical treatment boxes for lice and allergy, because of wide spread of skin diseases among the IDPs, due to unprecedented high temperatures. However, Jarablus camps are left without any medical points since ISIL forces controlled the city.

Medical Corps Organization has distributed 1,359 hygiene kits in Bab Al Salameh border camp. Camps’ IDPs are suffering from many obstacles in WASH sector like sewage issues, ignorance of dumping holes, discharging and turning open sewers into regular networks. Many camps could not meet the needs of their populations of water, either because of the absence of water points in the camps, or the existing water points are insufficient. Another problem is the presence of inoperative water networks and taps, which are not supported by any related organizations.

No significant changes happened in education sector compared to June. Schools are still closed since the end of past academic year, and IRC supported schools halted its activities for 17 days in July. Securing education for all children in the camps is still an unsolved challenge. Schools are not available in all camps, so the students are forced to head to neighbouring camps’ schools, or refrain from going to school under parental pressure.

Regarding shelter and NFIs, the biggest challenge that faces the IDPs is the high rate of worn-out tents that need replacement, which exceeded 80% in some camps. This violates the Sphere standards which state that a tent’s age should not exceed 6 months. The concerned organizations’ inability to cover this need, and the people’s aspiration to improve their lives, pushed them to construct stone rooms randomly. The IDP’s top priority for NFIs was water gallons, tent support as second priority and cleaning tools as third priority.

Regarding the IDP’s top priorities, WASH needs came first with 25%, followed by food security, then shelter and NFIs as third priority after being second priority in June statistics.

 

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People in Mare’ sub-district and the villages of Sandaf, Harbel, and Sheikh Issa have moved out after ISIL advanced in Mare’ and took over Sandaf and Harbel villages.
Latest figures on Mare’ show that there were 35,000 people, 26,500 were native inhabitants of the village, and 8,500 are IDPs mostly from Aleppo City and the eastern countryside of Aleppo.
A large population of Mare’ residents moved out to Aleppo Province’s sub-districts where they settled in their villages and cities, while others headed to camps in Aleppo countryside.

IDPs were distributed as follows:

  • Tal Raf’at and the neighboring farm lands 5,000 IDPs
  • I’zaz, its villages, and border camps 8,000 IDPs
  • Haretan and its villages 8,000 IDPs
  • Western Countryside 8,000 IDPs
  • Eastern Countryside (Al-Bab and its villages) 5,000 IDPs
  • Only about 1,000 people stayed in Mare’

 

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Throughout northern Syria, adjacent to the Turkish border, there are approximately 200 Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) camps. Many of those displaced within the camps are suffering from difficult humanitarian conditions.

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The Assistance Coordination Unit had finished its distribution operations for the “to learn” program dedicated to support the education of the year 2014 – 2015 which provided the needed materials for the continuation of the educational process in the liberated areas inside Syria like winter clothes for students, Stationery, bags, and heating accessories. In addition to a special campaign for supporting teachers jointly with the Ministry of Education in the Syrian interim government and its education directorates in the liberated provinces.

The “to learn” program is one of the largest educational process sector done in the Syrian liberated provinces. The value of the material provided through the “to learn” program is $17.230.489 funded with an in kind grant patronage of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

The education directorates worked on distributing the materials on the students at the schools, which 762 schools were benefited from the program which divided into four provinces (Aleppo 299, Hama 191, Idlib 229, and Latakia 43).

More than 237.000 students were benefited from the “to learn” program that distributed 237.212 school bags contain a full stationary for students enough for the length of the school year, and 219.105 of a winter cloths contain a full winter cloth, coat, and a very good quality shoes for each students.

The “to learn” program also provided 179.865 white board pens, 3.099 Fireplace with accessory crane to be installed within the classrooms along with 476 tons of the Bio-gasoline and coal to be used as heaters in the classrooms. Also, it will provide 1.000 emergency kits contain complete first aid to be used to treat the students in case of emergencies and it will be delivered in the coming few days.

On the other hand, a new program called “ERFAN” was lunched through The “to learn” program to support more than 8000 teachers in total cost of $456,873, providing a complete food baskets and health baskets for female teachers to help them securing their living needs and keep their contribution in supporting the educational process in the liberated provinces. (8431 food baskets and 1394 health baskets).

It is noteworthy that the “to learn” program is a program aim to support the educational process in the Syrian liberated provinces for the year 2014 – 2015 and it was released in cooperation between the Assistance Coordination Unit and Education Directorates affiliated to the Ministry of Education in the Syrian interim government to cover four provinces Hama, Aleppo, Idlib, and Latakia in securing their schools and students needs to enable the educational process to continue in these provinces that suffer a  deterioration in the situation of services in general and also an educational retreat.

 

To support besieged and hard-to-reach areas within Syria.

The ACU, in collaboration with the interim government of Syria, have launched program “Takatof” to support besieged and hard-to-reach areas, with relief campaigns and developmental projects servicing many sectors, laudably supported by the nation of Qatar.

The program aims to serve the inhabitants of “besieged and hard-to-reach” areas and enable them to secure their various needs using the resources available in their areas that the regime had placed under smothering siege, or became “hard to reach”. Thus, services there became low and resources scarce reaching a new low after months of siege and restrictions, after which the means of life became cut off, and servicing them needs titanic work and doubled costs.

The budget of “Takatof” exceeded 7.6 Million US Dollars allocated to execute projects and campaigns descried as “diverse and adequate”, that provide relief materials and another that  invest available resources in the areas, for the steadfast under-sieged inhabitants to benefit from. It’s based on a study of “The need and ability to reach and distribute” to cover four main sectors: “food security”, “health sector”, “infrastructure sectors” in addition to support “education and empowerment”.

Besieged areas’ total allocations reached about 5.5 million US Dollars, more than 72% of the program’s total budget. In detail: Budget allocated to support the “food security” sector is about 3.49 million dollars; Under-sieged areas benefit rate had reached 96%. Budget allocated to support the “health sector” is about 2.5 million dollars; Under-sieged areas benefit rate had reached 34%. Budget allocated to support the “infrastructure sector” is about 0.42 million dollars; Under-sieged areas benefit rate had reached 91%. Budget allocated for “Nun to support education and empowerment” campaign had reached about 1.23 million dollars; Under-sieged areas benefit rate is about 70%.

It is worth mentioning that the ACU was capable of coordinating many developmental projects before, in the besieged areas of Homs and the two Homs of Damascus, some of its districts and its countryside, utilizing valuable donations given in critical stages by the sister state of Qatar. It had allocated said donations for adequate projects via local active, innovative partners in said areas. The value of latter donations were about a million dollar, making the budget of “Takatof” program in comparison the biggest in the recent period. This donation is made for the areas which inhabitants had lived through the harshest and most severe of life conditions, leaving the needs of the inhabitants many folds any made effort; a case stranded between the hammer of the whole world negligence, and the anvil of the regime’s brutality and its imposition of the hunger-or-kneeling policy.

Idleb Governorate is located in Northern Syria adjacent to Turkish borders. Idleb since the beginning of the revolution was among the anti-regime governorates, and due to the liberation of its countryside before the city, many IDPs were displaced to the city. Idleb is called the “green city” because it has many growing olive trees there. Idleb is located in south west of Aleppo City. The distance between Idleb and Aleppo is 60km, between Idleb and Lattakia is 132 km, it is 330 km away from Damascus, 168 km from Homs, and 105 km from Hama. Idleb City is considered the first administrative region in the governorate. The total population of Idleb City before the crisis is 165,000 people, whereas the population before the liberation of the city 400,000 people, this big increase in population is due to massive IDP waves escaping from the bombardment in neighboring cities and villages.

The opposition forces currently besiege about 7,000 people in Kefraya and Foaa villages. Big part of them fled since the beginning of Idleb liberation battle.

Assistance Coordination Unit received this information from the people who escaped Foaa village in the Northern countryside of Idleb and Ariha Cities.

Ariha City, Mhambal Sub-district, and Abu Zuhoor military airport are the only areas left for regime forces in Idleb. Abu Zuhoor military airport is totally besieged and the clashes are ongoing around it. Since declaring the liberation battle of Idleb and until the moment of writing this report, it is under attack by regime forces who use all kinds of weapons in order to kill civilians and destroy Idleb Governorate infrastructure. More than 600 raids were recorded as following: 369 warplanes raids, and 237 barrels were thrown by helicopters on different areas in the governorate. More than 870 rockets are estimated to be shelled on the city, and 9 chemical weapon raids with chlorine gas were thrown on the city too. An estimated 180,000 IDPs left their homes and moved towards the liberated areas. ACU calculated around 167,592 IDPs, and only 20,000 were allowed to go to regime controlled areas like Ariha, Hama and the coast.

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Syria Immunization Task Force concluded its eighth vaccination campaign against Poliomyelitis with great success. 99.27% of children were covered in all targeted seven governorates. The team was able to vaccinate about 1.280.000 Syrian child with unperceivable medical errors.

The eight campaign encompassed seven governorates of the liberated north, namely: Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Alraqa, Alhasakeh and Der Alzour. The numbers of vaccinated children were (approximately): 500 Thousand child in Aleppo, 240 Thousand child in Idlib, 230 Thousand child in Der Alzour, 200 Thousand child in Alraqa, 40 Thousand child in Alhasakeh, 38 Thousand child in Hama and 6 Thousand child in Latakia.

The campaign that lasted for almost 8 days (After being delayed in Der Alzour for two days due to -logistic reasons) was full of serious hardships that faced the team. The working staff faced different dangers while carrying out their jobs where many areas went through critical phases of ongoing shelling and clashes, not to mention the dangers that surround moving between cities and villages, the ruggedness of the roads, the weather and many more obstacles that the team was able to overcome to finish its mission. One vaccination center in Albu kamal went under an aerial raid martyring three infants and a woman about to give birth.

This campaign’s importance lays specifically in rebuilding trust between citizens and vaccination teams, after the human error that took a few children’s lives in a previous campaign against Measles. Whereas, for this campaign, preparations were different and all efforts were focused on increasing awareness on the importance of vaccines, reassuring parents that the staffs were fully trained and that the vaccines’ source is under the WHO supervision.

Noteworthy in the scope, Sinjar and other areas which have experienced said sad occurrence in the Measles campaign, were covered fully with no mentionable refusals. The same can be said about all the governorates where the percentage of refusing parents is next to nothing. This pushed the team to believe that the mission of regaining trust was accomplished.

Syria Immunization Task Force – which was formed by the initiative of ACU – is working to invest this success and general satisfaction to prepare for its coming campaign against Poliomyelitis, decided at the beginning of the coming month, as a part of a wider goal:  rebuilding a widened national vaccination program on Syrian territory and controlling all epidemics and illnesses that may spread in Syria, especially under the circumstances that our people, in Syria are, living through.