Syria: facts and figures, June - August 2011

18-08-2011 Facts and Figures

Since the start of the current civil unrest, the ICRC has been coordinating its activities in Syria with those of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the rest of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Assistance operations were conducted in the following cities and areas:

In Hama (central Syria), on 15 August:

  • 400 food parcels (1 food parcel = food for one family for one month) and 300 hygiene parcels (1 hygiene parcel = hygiene items to meet the direct needs of one family) were supplied to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch for distribution;
  • six wound-dressing kits were donated to three private hospitals and one to the national hospital in the city.

In Der-es-Zor (north-eastern Syria), on 11 August:

  • 800 food parcels and 400 hygiene parcels were distributed to the neediest residents;
  • three wound-dressing kits were distributed to Syrian Arab Red Crescent first-aid volunteers;
  • three wound-dressing kits were distributed to a private clinic and to a mosque where wounded patients were receiving treatment;
  • two wound-dressing sets were donated to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch.

In Homs (central Syria), in August:

  • 500 food parcels were distributed to the neediest residents;
  • one triage kit was donated by the ICRC to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent hospital;
  • five wound-dressing kits were donated to private hospitals.

In Dara (southern Syria), on 4 May, 23 June and 3 August:

  • the ICRC donated two wound-dressing kits, four wheelchairs and four trolleys to Dara National Hospital;
  • Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and staff distributed 12,000 food parcels and 3,000 tins of baby milk to the hospital;
  • five wound-dressing kits were donated to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch.

In Idlib (north-western Syria), since June:

  • Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and staff distributed 6,000 food parcels, 2,600 blankets, 2,600 mattresses, baby milk, medications and other items in some 20 villages and towns directly affected by the unrest, including Jisr al-Shughur and Khirbat al-Juz, and in towns such as Darkush and Hitya;
  • Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers and staff distributed 250 parcels in Al-Hambushiyah;
  • two wound-dressing kits, each containing enough supplies to treat 150 injured people, were given to a 22-bed hospital run by the Idlib branch of the Red Crescent that provides services for some 450 people a month;
  • the ICRC provided one triage kit to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch hospital;
  • two wound-dressing kits were donated to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch;
  • three wound-dressing kits were donated to the Jisr-Al-Shugur Hospital run by the Ministry of Health.

The ICRC provided two kits containing materials for the treatment of war-wounded patients and 20 wound-dressing kits to Syrian Arab Red Crescent headquarters to be used by their first-aid workers.

ICRC procedures and mechanisms relating to visits to detainees are currently being discussed with the authorities.

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