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The ICRC in Syria

Facts and Figures

How the ICRC helped victims of the conflict in Syria in 2013

  • Water and infrastructure

20 million people across the country benefited from improvements to water and sanitation facilities.

10 million people, in all 14 governorates, benefited from emergency repairs to water systems damaged by fighting.

810,000 IDPs benefited from action taken in collaboration with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). They included over 108,000 in Deir Ez-Zor, Homs and Rural Damascus, who received water by truck, and over 80,000 IDPs, for whom the two organizations repaired homes, water systems and sanitation facilities. The ICRC provided over 620,000 IDPs with drinking water during the initial days of their displacement.

3.1 million people benefited from a waste and pesticides programme in Aleppo and Idlib governorates.

  • Food

3.5 million people received food (distributed in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent).

  • Other aid

1 million people received mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, candles, and other household items distributed in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

  • Medical

The ICRC is supporting mobile health units, which mainly serve IDPs, and we support health facilities when necessary.

Staff: The ICRC has 200 staff working in Syria.
The 2014 budget for our operations in Syria is 105 million Swiss francs.


 The International Red Cross and Red Crescent December 2013 newsletter: Syria and countries affected by the conflict: humanitarian situation, needs and response