13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria, including 6.2 million IDPs. ?

Conflict has killed over 500,000 people and caused large-scale displacement. Protection concerns are widespread. WASH and access to food are high priorities, as well as access to health services. Humanitarian needs in areas under prolonged and ongoing siege are particularly high as access is obstructed.

Clashes are ongoing in Aleppo, Dara, Quneitra, Idleb, Deir-ez-Zor, and Hama governorates. The Turkish army recently increased activity in Idleb and Aleppo governorates, deploying troops as a part of the de-escalation agreement and simultaneously targeting the Kurdish YPG. 

INFORM measures Syria's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be very high, at 6.9/10. The intensity of highly violent conflict in the country is of particular concern.?

Latest Developments

20/09: An UN run medical centre has unexpectedly closed, leaving thousands of poor IDPs still residing in Rukban camp with no access to healthcare.

04/09: HTS has threatened civilians and fighters in Idleb with execution or arrest if they reconcile with or surrender to government forces, while heavy airstrikes begin targeting Jisr al-Shughour in western Idleb.

24/08:  Food insecurity has increased by 3% in 2018, affecting 6.7 million people,  up from 6.5 million in 2017.


Key priorities

Protection: 13.3 million people, including 5.5 million children, are estimated to be in need of protection assistance.

7.6 million people need acute WASH assistance.

Health: 12 million people require health assistance. The conflict has significantly damaged health facilities, and fuel shortages further hamper access to health services.

Information Gaps and needs

Lack of access and insecurity are hampering the ability to carry out in-depth needs assessments. Very limited information available on the 135,000 people remaining in Afrin district and the remaining population in Eastern Ghouta.

Lack of access has resulted in very limited information on many hard-to-reach areas and areas where there are ongoing clashes. This includes locations in Dar'a, Idleb, Aleppo, and Deir-ez-Zor governorates. Lack of information on conditions in remaining IS-held areas can be attributed to fear of reprisals. 

Key documents



Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017: Syria

Institute for the Study of War


Jabhat al Nusra and ISIS: Sources of strength

Institute for the Study of War


The Syrian opposition's political demands

International Crisis Group


New approach in southern Syria

UN Human Rights Council


10th Commission of Inquiry on Syria



Syria Crisis Common Context Analysis Update 2015

David Butter, Chatham House


Syria's economy: Picking up the pieces

Syrian Centre for Policy Research


Alienation and Violence: Impact of Syria Crisis Report 2014



Syria Crisis Common Context Analysis

International Crisis Group


Syria's Kurds: A struggle within a struggle