Disaster Update: Civil Unrest in Syria

Disaster Update

March 9, 2012

The American Red Cross has contributed an additional $100,000 to efforts in Syria, bringing the total committed funds since October 2011 to $235,000.

A year after violence began between the Syrian government and protestors demanding political reform, the humanitarian situation in Syria has worsened. Thousands of people are trapped in their homes, are caught in open conflict or are fleeing to escape the fighting. Food and water supplies are running low in some areas and medical needs are urgent. The UN reports that more than 9,000 people have been killed during the conflict, including more than 600 children. The UN and other organizations have called for immediate humanitarian action.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been assisting those in need since the violence began. In many parts of the country, it is the only humanitarian organization on the ground. It has helped more than 200,000 people with much needed medical care, ambulance services, food and relief supplies. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, has been delivering essential first aid, medical supplies and other emergency response equipment to affected areas, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In addition, ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have mobilized volunteers and staff in the cities of Homs and Al Zabadani to provide medical and humanitarian assistance for people in need, despite difficult and dangerous conditions.

The American Red Cross is supporting the humanitarian efforts of the Red Cross and Red Crescent network’s response to the crisis in Syria and has provided financial assistance through the International Federation to the Syrian Arab Red Cross. The American Red Cross continues to monitor the situation and the efforts of the International Federation, ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent and stands ready to provide additional assistance as needed.
For more information on the situation in Syria, visit www.icrc.org.

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