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Syria crisis: Neighboring countries host 5.6 million refugees

In Numbers

5.6 million refugees from Syria
3 million Syrian refugees assisted in June


  • In June, WFP reached an estimated 3 million refugees across Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey through various food and cash assistance programmes under the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) in Lebanon and Transitional Interim CSPs in the four countries.

  • To continue critical humanitarian assistance to millions of refugees and host communities in the region, WFP requires an additional USD 186.8 million from July to December 2018.

  • On 25-26 June, the Syria+5 Evaluation Workshop was organized in Amman and staff were given the opportunity to offer their perspective on the draft evaluation. Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt country offices attended the worskhop as well as the Regional Director, Mr. M. Hadi. and colleagues from RBC and SRO.

Situation Update

  • As of June 2018, there are over 5.6 million refugees from Syria in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey (UNHCR, July 2018).

  • The UN is concerned about the deteriorating situation in South West Syria, following the military offensive, which forced a significant number of people to flee from eastern Dara’a to areas near the Jordanian border. The escalation in fighting has cut off major supply routes, which has led to price hikes on items such as food. WFP through its cross-border operation delivered supplies to 50,000 people through the border crossing between Jordan and Syria, prior to the bordure closure and suspension of humanitarian access from 27 June. WFP and other UN agencies are working closely to ensure those stranded at the border receive life-saving assistance. WFP is monitoring the rapidly changing situation to ensure it has the capacity to respond to the needs of displaced persons.

  • The Head of General Security Forces (GSO) announced the return of 400 Syrian refugee families to Western Qalamoun, Syria from Arsal. WFP is collaborating with UNHCR on a list of beneficiaries who have returned.