UNHCR is urgently mobilising supplies to assist an estimated 270,000 people displaced by escalating violence in southern Syria in the past fortnight. This is the largest displacement in the area since the conflict began.

At least 160,000 of those displaced have fled towards the Golan Heights area, and an estimated 40,000 people are near the Jordanian border. Meanwhile some 12-15,000 have reportedly fled to the Sweida governorate, in Syria's southwest.

With borders closed, civilians are unable to flee into neighbouring countries and many people are reportedly stranded in the desert area with little access to humanitarian assistance.

UNHCR is urgently calling for public support to help deliver emergency relief to families displaced by this offensive.

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More than 320,000 Syrians have been displaced by the latest fighting in South West Syria. © REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

Displaced families arriving at Jbab camp, northern Daraa fleeing from this new offensive. For some families this is the second time they have been displaced and many are without any belongings. © UNHCR Syria

Humanitarian relief is being delivered by UNHCR and its partners by accessing pre-positioned supplies in the region. Cross-border humanitarian convoys are currently hold due to ongoing hostilities and security concerns, but will resume as soon as it is safe.

UNHCR response so far includes:

  • Drawing from existing stockpiles of emergency supplies to cover the needs of 75,000 persons, including 100 large size tents, 7,500 family tents and 2,000 emergency shelter kits.
  • Reaching some 28,000 individuals with relief items such as shelter kits, blankets, cooking sets, solar lamps and hygiene kits.
  • Dispatching mobile teams to help provide psycho-social support, as well as identify sexual and gender-based violence and child protection concerns.
  • Working with local parties and partners to access areas impacted by the offensive, where security permits, to assess protection needs and plan further response operations.
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