Bulletin of the Centre for the Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees (August 9, 2018)
I. Return of Refugees from abroad
267 refugees (93 women and 112 children) have returned to the Syrian Arab Republic from Lebanon since August 7. Through Jaydet-Yabus CP - 235 people (83 women and 96 children) and al-Dabusiyah - 32 people (10 women and 17 children).
Over the past 24 hours, 136 refugees have returned to the Syrian Arab Republic from Lebanon (42 women and 63 children). Through Jaydet-Yabus CP - 108 people (33 women and 48 children) and al-Dabusiyah - 28 people (9 women and 15 children).
Since July 18, 2018, in total 6,381 refugees have left Lebanon, with 2,972 of them - via the Zemrani CP, Jaydet-Yabus – 2,531 people, 561 people via al-Dabusiyah and 317 people via the al-Qusayr. In total 318 people have passed via the Nasib CP from Jordan.
According to consolidated information, there are still 6,972,711 registered refugees seeking asylum in 45 countries worldwide, with 2,091,813 women and 3,556,082 children among them.
In 45 embassies of the Russian Federation in foreign countries where the Syrian refugees seek asylum, 27 countries(Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Jordan, Iraq, Italy, Egypt, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Latvia) confirmed the figures provided by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Syrian citizens in these countries.
At present there are 6,638,413 Syrians in these countries: (Turkey-3,533,822, Lebanon-976,002, Germany-534,011, Jordan-668,123, Egypt-498,986, Iraq-251,157, Netherlands-74,998, Austria-42,505, Denmark-17,995, Greece-13,139, Switzerland-6,702, Belgium - 3,982, Italy-3,836, Romania - 3,101, Spain - 2,352, Ireland - 1,729, Malta-1,289, Poland-1,069, Bosnia and Herzegovina-1,630, Luxembourg-663, Croatia – 530, Slovenia – 460, Bulgaria – 180, Hungary – 51, Slovakia – 43, Czech Republic – 39, Latvia-19).
It is estimated, that 1,712,234 Syrians in nine countries expressed their desire to return back to their homeland(Lebanon – 889,031, Turkey – 297,342, Germany – 174,897, Jordan – 149,268, Iraq – 101,233, Egypt – 99,834, Denmark – 412, Brazil – 149, Austria - 68).
Since September 30, 2015, in total 235,979 Syrians have returned back to their homes from abroad (70,715 women, 120,160 children).
Ten CPs have already deployed for returnees, among them there are:
one on the Syria-Jordan border (Nasib);
five on the Syria-Lebanon border (Zemrani, Jaydet-Yabus (Zabadani), al-Sabusiya (al-Aarida), Talkalakh and al-Qusayr (Qusayr));
two in the Syrian Arab Republic (Abu-al-Duhur and al-Salhiyah);
one CP at Damascus international airport;
one CP at Baniyas sea port.
The leadership of Syria is taking active steps aimed at increasing the efficiency of the process of repatriation of Syrian refugees from the territory of foreign states.
II. Internal Displacement
It is reported that 362 Syrians returned back to:
HOMS governorate – 208 Syrians (women - 62 and children – 108), January 1, 2018 – 27,157 people;
Eastern Ghouta - 91 people (28 women and 56 children), in total - 21,665 people;
In total 63 refugees (21 women and 29 children), 5 vehicles and have passed via the Abu al-Duhur CP to Aleppo province from the Idlib de-escalation zone.
In total since March 4, 2018 19,740 people (women – 6,682, children 10,116), 3,869 vehicles and 42,558 heads of cattle left the Idlib de-escalation zone.
In Khusham (Deir ez-Zor province), 35 people (women - 8 and children -17) were accommodated in recovered houses, since January 1, 2018 – 39,421 people.
Since September 30, 2015, in total 1,215,867 IDPs have returned back to their homes in the Syrian Arab Republic (364,749 women, 620,088 children).
III. Cities and Towns Ready to Receive Refugees
There are 336,500 places arranged to receive and accommodate refugees in 76 settlements less affected by the combat actions.
IV. Infrastructure Rehabilitation
Over the past day, 11 building have been reconstructed in Eastern Ghouta (5) and Khusham (6).
They assessed the social infrastructure and facilities, housing fund, amount of construction materials available in Smah (Hama province), Hamouriyah, Yalda (Damascus province), Marrat (Deir ez-Zor province). In order to improve living conditions for Syrians, and to complete infrastructure rehabilitation it is necessary to supply materials in the following towns:
Smah – two dump trucks, a bulldozer, 22 duraliminim windows, 4 cu m of cement, 3 cu m of lumber, 250kg of finishing materials (filler, lime), 1,500m of electric cables to restore three houses and one medical centre.
Hamouriyah – excavator, 34 duraliminim windows, 16 cu m of cement, 11 cu m of lumber, 450kg of lime and filling, 2,100m of water tubes, 1,650m of electric cables, to overhaul six houses and a power substation;
Yalda - 19 duraliminim windows, 4 cu m of cement, 2 cu m of lumber, 250kg of paint to restore two houses, one school and one medical centre;
Marrat – a dump truck, 24 duraliminim windows, 4 cu m of cement, 4 cu m of lumber, 350kg of finishing materials (filler, lime), 1,000m of water pipes to restore three houses and one medical centre.
Heads of local administrations prepared application to the Ministry of Public Works and housebuilding to received construction materials for recovering social infrastructure.
In total, in the Syrian Arab Republic:
89 medical and 217 educational organizations have been recovered;
274.5km of roads were recovered (1.5km - over the past day);
203km of power line have been installed (1km - over the past day);
86 power substations, 71 water supply facilities and two fuel-energy complexes have been put into operation.
Currently, in 62 settlements of the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Deir-ez-Zor, Hama, Homs, work is underway to overhaul 49 schools, 20 kindergartens, 33 bakeries, 32 water pump stations, 14 electric substations, 15 medical centres and 236 houses.
V. Humanitarian Assistance
Over the past day there have been a humanitarian action in Tal-Rifat, Aleppo province, to distribute 2.8 tons of food supplies. Besides, the Kadyrov Regional Public Fund distributed a ton of bread in Kafr Akkar district.
In districts of Aleppo city: Shayban-Pasha, Sheykh-Fars, al-Qasidiyah and Sheykh Hoder, al-Sahur 30 families of Syrian fallen servicemen received food sets the total weight is 150 kg.
In total, the Russian side has organised and carried out 1,889 humanitarian actions, delivering 2,888.16 tons of food supplies, the bare necessities and bottled water.
Russian military police ensure safety of humanitarian actions.
66 people including 37 children were provided with medical aid of them in Hatla and al-Salhiyah (Deir ez Zor province) - 13 (7 children), Tal-Rifat (Aleppo province) - 53 (30 children).
In total, 87,557 Syrians were provided with medical assistance by Russian military medics.
VI. Mine Clearance
The SAA engineering units carry on the mine clearance operation in the settlements of Majdal, Talbiseh, Nasiri-Harabesi, Homs province. They have cleared up: 3 ha of the territory, 10 buildings and 2km of roads.
They found and defused 47 explosive devices including 8 improvised explosive devices.
In Homs province they cleared up: 208.8 ha of the territory, 665 buildings and 40.8 km of roads.
They found and defused 6,717 explosive devices including 2,105 improvised explosive devices.
VII. Arrangements for Refugee Reception
The government program on restoration settlements liberated from the militants has started in Damascus, Aleppo and Hama provinces. The program consists of three phases: preparation of infrastructure (water supply, electrification), targeted aid to the population, the repatriation of residents to permanent housing. The efforts made by the Syrian leadership contribute to the activation of the process of the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons to their places of permanent residence.
National Reconciliation Committees established in Syrian provinces and cities (made up by heads of administrations, police, sheiks, representatives of public organizations and opposition) hold negotiations on joining ceasefire regime and voluntary defection to the side of legal government and the surrender of weapons. Former members of illegal armed formations and internally displaced persons are granted amnesty who lived in the territories earlier occupied by terrorists.
The National Security Bureau and the Syrian Reconciliation Ministry supervises all events aimed at controlling refugee inflow, preparation of accommodation, infrastructure rehabilitation and humanitarian actions.
The Centre for Refugee Reception, Distribution and Settlement with the support of the Russian military police servicemen held some working meetings:
with the administration of the Jabab refugee camp (Daraa province) on the determination of the number of refugees, sanitary conditions, medical support and humanitarian actions;
with representatives of administrations of Marrat and Mazlum(Deir ez-Zor) and Smah(Hama) on humanitarian affairs and infrastructure rehabilitation;
with the mayor of Aleppo A.Hallack on the issues of restoring socially important infrastructure facilities, conducting clearing of rubble and holding the holiday of Kurban-Bayram.