The ICRC set up a logistics centre and warehouse in Tartous over a year ago, which has helped it to enhance its humanitarian response in northern Syria. Some 19,000 tonnes of food and other relief supplies, including medicines, are stored there. The organization dispatches aid from Tartous on a daily basis, both locally and to Aleppo and beyond. Over four million people across the region have benefited from these aid distributions.Medicines and decent health care are a priority for the displaced. In Tartous, where most of the displaced families live, two SARC mobile health clinics supported by the ICRC now treat over 2,000 patients a month. These SARC clinics are often the sole primary health-care providers for displaced men, women and children who live in shelters where chronic diseases are rife and medicines in short supply.On 26 June, after weeks of negotiation with all parties, the ICRC was able to deliver medical supplies from its Tartous warehouse to two Aleppo hospitals operating in both government- and opposition-controlled areas. As fighting continues unabated in the northern capital, the ICRC delivered enough supplies to treat at least 300 patients.
Facts and figures
Syria is currently the ICRC’s largest operation worldwide in terms of financial resources. The organization maintains a permanent presence in Damascus, Aleppo and Tartous, with over 240 staff working in the country to distribute food and other essentials, to restore water supplies and to re-establish contact between people separated by the conflict.
In June, the ICRC worked closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to provide:
- food to over 475,000 people (mainly internally displaced persons – IDPs) in 12 Governorates, including Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dara’a, Kuneitra, Sweida, Homs, Hama, Tartous, Lattakia and Aleppo;
- daily meals – in collective kitchens supported by the SARC and supplied by the ICRC – for over 29,000 IDPs living in shelters in Tartous, Homs and Damascus;
- essential household items, such as hygiene kits, blankets, mattresses, towels, buckets, rechargeable flashlights, candles, and cooking sets, for over 105,000 IDPs.
Water and sanitation
The ICRC worked closely with the SARC and local water boards to provide:
- tanker trucks that delivered water to over 100,000 persons in Homs, Rural Damascus and Deir Ezzor;
- garbage disposal services in the city of Idlib, improving sanitary conditions for 100,000 people;
- upgrades to eight IDP centres, ensuring clean water, proper sanitation and decent housing for over 9,400 people in Rural Damascus and Dara’a;
- water-treatment products for Al Figeh Spring, the main source of water for over four million people in Damascus and surrounding areas;
- infrastructure maintenance and emergency repairs in Rural Damascus and Deir Ezzor, supplying clean water to over a million people;
- 15 water pumps and essential spare parts to water pumping stations to improve clean water provision for over 800,000 people throughout Hassakeh Governorate, including in Ras Al Ain, Al Malekia, Al Jawadiah, and Al Qamishli.
The ICRC worked closely with the SARC to provide:
- 18 war-wounded kits to hospitals located in government- and opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo, allowing them to treat 900 patients;
- medical supplies to treat over 300 seriously injured patients in Aleppo’s University Hospital, in the government-controlled area, and in Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital, in the opposition-controlled area of the city;
- support to seven SARC mobile health units and one polyclinic, serving over 7,000 patients.
- received 101 tracing requests from people seeking to find their relatives;
- worked with the SARC to trace a family of six in Hassakeh after relatives submitted an inquiry through our Movement partners abroad;
- delivered clothes, hygiene items and childcare essentials to detainees held at the temporary Aleppo prison.