The destruction of lives and infrastructure by violent conflict since 2011 combined with earthquakes, disease outbreaks and the impact of climate change combine to make Syria’s humanitarian needs among the greatest worldwide.

Doctor dies after seven years of enforced disappearence
As reported on 21 May 2024: Update: In an undisclosed location, an American male doctor and humanitarian activist died after seven years of enforced disappearance, detainment and torture by Syrian regime forces. Sources: Personal Communication and SOHR. Return to Syria home page. more
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2023 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Factsheet

Based on Insecurity Insight data, the SHCC identified 57 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Syria in 2023, compared to 45 in 2022. In these incidents, health facilities were damaged or destroyed 22 times, 11 health workers were arrested, and eight others were killed. Despite a decrease in political violence in 2023, instances of damage or destruction of health facilities almost doubled those in 2022, with perpetrators now including Turkish armed forces. The factsheet is available in English.

This data is available to download and can be explored visually using our interactive Attacked and Threatened: Health Care at Risk map.

Conflict and Hunger

Insecurity Insight monitors conflict events affecting food insecurity in Syria as part of its Conflict and Hunger project. Our latest report documents 1,732 incidents recorded between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2022. They include wide ranging threats to farmers posed by detonations of explosive remnants of war on agricultural and farmland, airstrikes on markets, looting of food and shootings of farmers. The data is available for download on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) and the report is accessible here.

Social Media Monitoring

Following the H2H Network’s call for proposals to strengthen humanitarian responses to the earthquakes that hit southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria in February 2023, Insecurity Insight monitors social media to support the communications and security risk-management strategies of aid providers on the ground.

Through regular analyses of public social data collected from various social media platforms in Türkiye and Syria, the main objective is to identify false information (including mis-, dis-, and mal- information) targeting aid providers. By highlighting this with aid organisations, Insecurity Insight aims to ensure that harmful online information does not adversely impact programme effectiveness and security.

Insecurity Insight is also employing social data to conduct community perception analyses to assess sentiment towards key international aid organisations among affected communities in Türkiye and northwest Syria. This ensures that, especially in the case of negative sentiment, aid organisations have the possibility of responding to the affected communities’ concerns.