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31.07.2018 (09:15)

Bulletin of the Centre for the Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees (31 July 2018)

I. Repatriation of Refugees

According to reviewed data, since July 28 in total 832 people (257 women and 392 children) have passed via the Jeydet-Yabus (Zabadani) CP from Lebanon. Refugees were escorted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lebanon to Beit Jinn, Syria.

Since July 18, 2018, in total 3,826 refugees have left Lebanon, with 2,846 people of them - via the Zemrani CP,

and 980 people have passed via the Jaydet-Yabus CP, and 318 people from Jordan via the Nasib CP.

According to consolidated information, there are still 6,903,269 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, ten countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Germany, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Ireland, Malta, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Latvia) confirmed the figures provided by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Syrian citizens in these countries. At present there are 6,772,495 Syrians in these countries: Turkey – 3,541,572, Lebanon – 976,065, Germany – 697,878, Jordan – 666,596, Iraq– 251,157, Egypt – 498,986, the Netherlands – 74,998, Austria – 42,505, Switzerland – 6,702, Belgium – 3,982, Romania – 3,101, Spain – 2,352, Ireland – 1,729, Malta – 1,289, Poland – 1,069, Bosnia and Herzegovina – 711, Luxembourg – 663, Croatia – 530, Slovenia – 458, Hungary – 51, Slovakia – 43, the 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 233,638 Syrians have returned back to their homes from abroad (70,060 women, 119,064 children).

Three CPs have been deployed (Zemrani, Nasib and Abu-Duhur).

Four branches of the Centre for Refugee Reception, Distribution and Settlement –al-Salhiyah, Palmyra (Zaza), the Damascus International airport and Baniyas international seaport.

II. Internal Displacement

It is reported that Syrian refugees returned back to:

Eastern Ghouta - 89 people (28 women and 51 children), in total - 73,820 people;

Busra al-Harir and Al-Musayfirah (Daraa province) – 3,487 civilians, with 1,046 women and 1,984 children among them.

Over the past day, refugees have left the Southwest de-escalation zone and Idlib de-eascalation zone.

In total since March 4, 2018 26, 642 people (women – 8,873, children 12,373), 3,864 vehicles and 42,560 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. Seventy refugees have left them over the past day. At present, in these camps there are still 1,329 people (419 women and 713 children).

Since September 30, 2015, in total 1,190,876 IDPs have returned back to their homes in the Syrian Arab Republic (357,263 women, 607,551 children).

Eighteen people have been accommodatedin restored houses in Khusham, Deir ez-Zor province (six women and eight children) – since February 8, 2018 – 7,273 people.

II. 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

They assessed  the social infrastructure and facilities, housing fund, amount of construction materials available in Nashabiyah and Jobar (Damascus province).

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

Nashabiyah - a wheeled crane, two dump trucks, an excavator, two diesel generators, 52 duraliminim windows, 150 cubic metres of cement, 350m of tubes (water and sewer), 35 cubic metres of lumber to recover three bakeries and six dwellings;

Jobar - a diesel generator, ten windows, five cubic metres of cement, 120m of tubes (water and sewer), 20 waterproofing rolls, 15 cubic metres of lumber to overhaul two schools and two bakeries and adjacent roads.

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;

266km of roads were recovered (1.5km - over the past day);

197km of power line have been installed (2km - over the past day);

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

V. Humanitarian Assistance

Representatives of the Akhmat Kadyrov Public Foundation carried out a charitable action in Sukari (Aleppo province). People received a ton of bread.

In total, the Russian side has organised and carried out1,877 humanitarian actions, delivering2,855.76 tons of food supplies, the bare necessities and bottled water.

Five refugees including three children have been provided with medical care in al-Salhiyah. Four Syrians including two children have been provided with medical care in al-Husainiyah, Deir ez-Zor province.

Over the past day, nine refugees including five children were provided with medical care.

In total, 86,751 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, Qasir-Harabesi, Homs province. They have cleared up: 4ha of the territory, 5 buildings and 2.5km of roads. They found and defused 51 explosive devices including 8 improvised explosive devices.

In Homs province they cleared up: 183.8ha of the territory, 555 buildings and 22.8km of roads. They found and defused 6,208 explosive devices including 2,030 improvised explosive devices.

VII. Arrangements for Refugee Reception

The Russian joint delegation on July 30, 2018 held working meetings in the framework of the 10th International Meeting on Syria (Sochi) with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency with delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic on repartiation Syrian refugees.

Bashar Jaafari, the current Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, stated that the Syrian government is ready for dialogue with international organisations to find positive solution for repatriation of Syrian refugees.

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 Reconcilitation of Opposing Sides held a working meeting with representatives of local administrations in Kafraa (Hama province) and Uwaynat Kabirah to discuss cooperation in rehabilitation of social infrastructure and creating favorable conditions for repatriation of Syrian refugees.

They defined challenges and specified required amount of special hardware and construction and finishing materials.

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