Recent escalation in violence in rural Idlib, northwest #Syria, has forced over 235,000 people out of their homes, including at least 140,000 children. Renewed waves of displacement have compounded needs and created new ones for some 400,000 people displaced by violence in northwest Syria since the end of April.
Children and their families have fled the city of Maarrat An-Numan, south rural Idlib, among other rural Idlib towns, seeking shelter in camps on the border with Turkey. With dropping temperatures, the newly displaced families face a harsh winter, living in the most basic conditions and struggling to keep their children warm in remote makeshift camps. As displacement continues, the needs of children and families for humanitarian assistance and basic services persist.
UNICEF reiterates that the protection of children and the civilian infrastructure they rely on in northwest Syria and across the country must be prioritized by all parties to the conflict at all times.