Syria: How the ICRC is helping victims of the conflict, January-September 2013

The ICRC is helping both people inside Syria, who are facing extremely difficult conditions, and the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have had to flee to Jordan or Lebanon. We are distributing food and other essentials, restoring water supplies, supporting medical services and putting family members back in touch.

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    Al-Khafsa water treatment plant, Aleppo, Syria, 16 March 2013. Discussion between the ICRC, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the local water company.


    We ensured that 20 million people had access to drinking water by providing local water boards with water treatment supplies,
    spare parts, pumps and generators and delivered water to 135,000 people by truck.

    Two and a half million people received food (distributed in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent).

    Other aid
    More than 700,000 people received household kits (mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, candles, etc., distributed in conjunction with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

    We continued work on renovating 407 public facilities housing close to 73,000 displaced people.

    Health facilities on both sides received medical and surgical supplies, plus medicines for the treatment of chronic diseases.

    146 ICRC staff work in Syria.

    The 2013 budget for our operations in Syria is CHF 101.3 million.


    Shebaa, Lebanon. Lebanese Red Cross volunteers transfer an injured Syrian refugee to an ambulance. © Reuters / K. Daher


    • We covered the cost of treatment for 729 Syrian refugees with weapon-related injuries and fitted 20 Syrian casualties of the fighting with artificial limbs. 
    • 132 hospital staff underwent training in how to deal with mass casualties and 30 surgeons learned about war-wound-management.
    • 29 medical facilities received medical supplies, benefiting more than 2,400 patients.
    • The Lebanese Red Cross provided 3,120  blood units for patients from Syria with financial assistance from the ICRC.

    Food and other aid

    More than 27,000 refugees from Syria received aid, including 14,500 Palestinians from camps in Syria.


    The 2013 budget for our operations in Lebanon is CHF 11.11 million.



    Al-Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. Mohammad is finally back with his family.© ICRC


    24,000 Syrian refugees re-established contact with their families by phone and one family was reunited

    Food and other aid
    58,000 Syrian refugee in northern Jordan and central Amman each received food and hygiene kits, distributed in conjunction with the Jordan National Red Crescent Society.

    We delivered 5 water pumps, 19 water storage tanks and 4 generators, ensuring that Syrian refugees had clean water.

    Other aid
    100,000 Syrian refugees received blankets, mattresses, pillows, supplies to help them get through the winter and hygiene kits.

    The 2013 budget for our operations in Jordan is CHF 6.32 million.