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Syria: the situation remains tense as fighting continues

08-06-2012 Operational Update

The situation in many parts of Syria is very tense, with a daily toll of casualties, as fighting continues between government forces and armed opposition groups.

The situation in many parts of Syria is very tense, with a daily toll of casualties, as fighting continues between government forces and armed opposition groups.

This has been the case since February 2012 and it is primarily civilians who are directly caught up in the violence.

The situation is tense in Idlib, rural Idlib, rural Damascus, Hama, and to a lesser extent rural Alepo, Deraa in the south, Deir El Zor in the north-east, and Lattakia, a coastal area. We are receiving regularly reports from people facing more and more difficulties in accessing medical treatment and food, including bread.

The number of displaced people has been growing day by day. Many of the displaced have seen their assets looted or destroyed. Many are staying with family members or friends, others in public structures. Several public structures have suffered heavy damage and are lacking in basic services such as water and electricity.

The ICRC intends to help more than 1.5 million people, whether directly or indirectly affected by the fighting, through its recent appeal to donors. Since June 2011, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have provided assistance to cover the needs of up to 400,000 people in Syria.