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29.07.2018 (10:15)

Bulletin of Centre for the Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees (29 July 2018)

I. Return of Refugees from abroad

Since July 18, 2018,  in total 2,846, 318 and 148 people passed through the Zemrani, Nasib and Masna checkpoints respectively.

According to consolidated information, there are still 6,787,414 registered refugees seeking asylum in 45 countries worldwide, with 2,070,979 women and 3,520,665 children among them.

In 45 embassies of the Russian Federation in foreign countries where the Syrian refugees seek asylum, 22 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Ireland, Spain, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Switzerland) confirmed the figures provided by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Syrian citizens present in these countries. At present there are 6 402 716 people in these countries (Austria – 42,505, Belgium – 3,982, Bosnia and Herzegovina – 711, Hungary – 51, Germany – 697,878, Egypt – 129,737, Jordan – 666,596, Iraq – 251,157, Ireland – 1,729, Spain – 2,352, Latvia 19, Lebanon – 976,065, Luxembourg – 663, Malta – 1,289, the Netherlands – 74,998, Poland – 1,069, Romania – 3,101, Slovakia – 43, Slovenia – 458, Turkey – 3,541,572, the Czech Republic – 39, Switzerland – 6,702).

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 232,806 Syrians have returned back to their homes from abroad (69,803 women, 118,672 children).

II. Internal Displacement

It is reported that 4,021 Syrians returned back to:

Eastern Ghouta - 101 people (37 women and 54 children), in total - 73,640 people;

Deir ez-Zor province,– 19 people (Khusham - 12 people, al-Tabiyah - 7 people), in total - 10,730 people: 7,246 and 3,484 in Khusham and al-Tabiyah respectively.

in the province of Daraa – 3,901 people (1,169 women; 1,989 children).

Since March 4, 208, in total 26, 473 people (women – 8,873, children 12,373), 3,845 vehicles and 42,165 heads of cattle left the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Since June 27, 2018, in total 46,501 people have left the Southwest de-escalation zone with 7,418 of them accommodated in the Jebab, Rsas and Kum al-Wasiya refugee camps. At present, in these camps there are still 1,399 people (419 women and 713 children). In total 798 people left the Jebab camp (756) and Kum al-Wasiyah (42) over the past day.

Three out of 36 CPs has been deployed (Zemrani, Nasib and Abu-Duhur). Two branches of the Centre for Refugee Reception, Distribution and Settlement are about to be deployed (al-Salhiyah and Palmyra).

Since September 30, 2015, in total 1,423,673 IDPs have returned back to their homes in the Syrian Arab Republic (463,567 women, 747,570 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 (9), Khusham (1), and Al-Tabiyah (1).

They assessed the social infrastructure and facilities, housing fund, amount of construction materials available in Khusham, Al-Tabiyah snf Hatlah (Deir ez-Zor province).

In order to ensure humanitarian assistance to Syrian and create favorable living conditions for returning refugees, it was decided to supply equipment and assets to:

Khusham - in addition to early request, a bulldozer, two diesel generators, 12 duraliminim windows, 18 cubic meters of cement, 92m of tubes (water and sewer), 24 cubic metres of lumbers to overhaul a house and a water pump station;

Al-Tabiyah - in addition to early request, an excavator, 18 duraliminim windows, 23 cubic meters of cement, 97m of tubes (water and sewer), 28 cubic meters of lumber to overhaul a school and a water pump station;

Hatlah - a wheeled crane, two dump trucks, two diesel generators, 14 cubic meters of cement, ten duraliminim windows, 145m of tubes (water and sewer) to overhaul a water pump station and a bakery.

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 214 educational organizations have been recovered;

257km of roads have been repaired;

187km of power line have been installed;

84 power substations, 71 water supply facilities and two fuel-energy complexes have been put into operation.

V. Humanitarian Assistance

Over the past day there were two humanitarian actions to distribute 5.4 tons of food supplies. In Kafr Nan, Homs province, people received 2.8 tons of humanitarian cargo (650 food sets). In Tafas, Daraa province, people received 2.6 tons of food supplies (650kg of flour, 1,950k of rice).

In total, the Russian side has organised and carried out1,876 humanitarian actions, delivering2,855.66 tons of food supplies, the bare necessities and bottled water.

In districts of Aleppo (Shayban-Pasha, Sheykh-Fars, al-Qasidiyah and Sheykh Hoder), fifteen families of Syrian fallen servicemen received 15 food sets.

Seventy-one civilians including30 children received first medical aid in the towns of Khusham and al-Salhiyah (Deir ez-Zor province), and Kafr Nan (Homs province).

In total, 86,635 Syrian were provided with medical assistance by Russian military medics.

V. Mine Clearance

The SAA engineering units carry on the mine clearance operation in the settlements of Ayn Hussein Shoumadiya, Talbiseh, Nasiri-Harabesi, Homs province. They have cleared up: 2 ha of the territory, 8 buildings and 0.5km of roads. They found and defused 40 explosive devices including 15 improvised explosive devices.

In Homs province they cleared up: 178.8 ha of the territory, 540 buildings and 19.3km of roads. They found and defused 6,113 explosive devices including 2,011 improvised explosive devices.

VII. Arrangements for Refugee Reception

The Syrian government is working on establishment of an operational HQ for repatriation of Syrian refugees. The HQ will be made up by representatives of ministries and departments concerned.

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 people 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.

Officers of the Centre for Refugee Reception, Distribution and Settlement in Tall-Salhab and Hatlah held working meetings with local authorities to discuss rehabilitation of social infrastructure, define top-priority facilities for overhaul, create favourable envirnoment for return of refugees, and to provide special equipment and construction materials.

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