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"Syria Response" monitors key humanitarian difficulties in northern Syria

The Syria Response Coordinators team confirmed that civilians in northwestern Syria face many dilemmas that have become a recurring phenomenon and are still continuing to this day.

The local relief team stressed in its report the increase in suicide rates in the region, as last week there were 3 suicide attempts, one of which failed, bringing the total number of cases to 12, and these cases come as a result of different humanitarian conditions.

The response coordinators said that violations of the ceasefire agreement by various parties (the Syrian regime, Russia, Iran, the Syrian Democratic Forces,...) continue, bringing the number of violations since the beginning of February to 188 violations, and the number since the beginning of the year to 419 violations.

He pointed out the rise in the prices of basic materials and the clear decline in purchasing power among civilians, as a result of the decline in the exchange rates of the US dollar against the Turkish lira, and the increase in inflation rates, which exceeded the threshold of 75.04% compared to last year as an average rate.

The monitoring group indicated a clear decline in humanitarian response rates by humanitarian organizations working in the region, reaching 47% and 39.79% in the camps during 2023, with a continuing decline as a result of increasing humanitarian needs in the region and weak funding operations.

The area under opposition control suffers from the ongoing housing crisis that thousands of families suffer from as a result of the continuous rise in rents and the lack of controls regulating the nature of renting homes, in addition to the significantly low level of medical services in the area and the increase in medical errors recorded during the previous period, and increased pressure. There is a large shortage of hospitals, which forces many civilians to resort to private hospitals.

The team said that the significant weakness in the performance of educational institutions is due to many reasons, most notably the lack of support for teachers and low wages, if any, which has caused the spread of the phenomenon of private schools and educational institutes, which has deprived thousands of children of access to education.

The northern region also suffers from the absence of job opportunities in the region, which cannot contain the unemployed and graduates, as a result of the chaos in recruitment processes, monopoly within institutions, and the spread of nepotism that prevents civilians from obtaining real job opportunities that suit the current reality.

In addition to this, there is a crisis in securing drinking water for civilians and its high prices, amid a complete absence of solutions so far in many areas, most notably the city of Al-Bab and its countryside.

As the conflict, now in its 13th year, reached a stalemate, the Syrian government reclaimed large swathes of lost territory with the help of its key allies in Russia and Iran in recent years.

The U.N. estimates that some 300,000 civilians died during the first decade of the uprising, while half of the pre-war population of 23 million were displaced.

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