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Crisis in Syria

IRC helping thousands fleeing Aleppo

Tens of thousands have fled Aleppo as Government of Syria forces took control of the east of the city following months of besiegement and aerial bombardment.

In the past week, around 4,000 from Aleppo have arrived in and around Al Dana town in eastern Idleb province and many will be receiving cash support from the International Rescue Committee.

Many of the new arrivals in Al Dana are now living in unfinished building without heating, toilets or running water. Up to four families are living together in each building and in one case 16 people were found living in a single room. The vast majority are women, children or the elderly, and the IRC was told many younger men had either refused to leave Aleppo or were detained as they attempted to flee the city.

IRC teams identified families desperately needing food, fuel and essential items including mattresses, blankets, soap and towels. To help ensure people can purchase the basics they need, the IRC will be giving £80 to 500 of the most vulnerable families. The IRC is hoping to secure more funding to reach all 800 of the new families in Al Dana, as well as to help any future arrivals.

The IRC currently supports 12 health facilities in Idleb governate, as well as 5 schools providing an education for 4,000 children. The IRC also supports four livelihood centres that help around 5,000 Syrians each month boost their income through skills training, job placements, and business start-up grants, as well as providing emergency cash distributions to the most vulnerable families.

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IRC's response to the crisis in Syria