‘Please help with relief for 185 000 displaced people in Syria’s Idlib Province this winter’

Islamic Relief Humanitarian players are reporting an intensification of hostilities between government forces and non-state armed groups that has resulted in the displacement of more than 185,000 people in the north western Syrian province of Idlib. This brings the total number of internally displaced people in the region close to 1.2 million.

A conflict that started on March 15, 2011, has steadily intensified into seven years of unrelenting
violence and misery across Syria – a protracted conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that
13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance; 5.5 million people have fled the country while 6.1 million people remain internally displaced by the violence.

Islamic Relief CEO, Yusuf Mohamed, has reported that Nine primary health care centres were recently damaged in Idlib, Hama and rural Damascus. These attacks resulted in damaged infrastructure, high risk for medical staff and reduced the availability of lifesaving medicines and medical disposables.

In response, the Islamic Relief Syria team activated its emergency response team with its four
mobile clinics which provided surgical trauma support and gynaecological services in the field.

Islamic Relief South Africa has launched an appeal to raise funds to support displaced families, who are facing the brutal elements of winter.
The Islamic Relief team is working around the clock to distribute emergency aid. The most urgent needs are food, medical supplies, water, blankets, mattresses, plastic sheeting and warm clothing items for men, women and children.”

We have launched a fundraising page on our website, detailing the humanitarian crisis in Idlib.
Please inform your family and friends about this appeal and make a contribution. We will be hosting a number of events to share the latest information from the field in Syria and we call on each and everyone to support the cause.
Donations towards the Syria Idlib Emergency Appeal can be made online at
www.islamic-relief.org.za.

Bank deposits can be made to Islamic Relief SA, Standard Bank, Account number 005318459, Fordsburg branch, Branch code 005205, Reference: IDLIB1 & contact number.
For Zakat contributions, use the following bank account details: Islamic Relief SA, First National Bank, Account number 62161066933, Smith Street Branch, Branch code 221426, Reference: IDLIB1 & contact number.

Shanaaz Ebrahim
Communications Manager
Email: shanaaz.ebrahim@islamic-relief.org.za

Mettle Administrative Services

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