The ICRC in the Middle East
The ICRC maintains a strong presence throughout the Middle East, helping the thousands of victims of past and current conflicts. It does so through a range of protection and assistance activities, plus action to promote respect for international humanitarian law. Its activities depend on the situation but are always rooted in the organization’s neutral, independent and impartial approach.
Since the onset of the violence in Syria in March 2011, the ICRC has been doing its utmost to respond to the needs of those affected by the fighting. Together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC has been providing water, food, medical materials and other items to millions people affected by the fighting to help them cope with the situation.Present in Syria since 1967, the ICRC also works in the occupied Golan. Other activities include restoring family links between Syrians and relatives detained abroad.
The ICRC's Iraq delegation focuses on detainee welfare, assistance to vulnerable groups and clarifying the fate of people missing from earlier conflicts.
The ICRC's Jerusalem delegation focuses on protection of civilians living under occupation, detainee welfare, assistance to the Palestinian population and support for the Palestinian Red Crescent and Magen David Adom.
The ICRC is helping civilians affected by conflict and other violence in several of Yemen’s governorates, where a difficult humanitarian situation has compounded the suffering of communities already affected by a weak economy and limited infrastructure.