Syria crisis

The crisis in Syria has reached its fifth year and the humanitarian needs are greater than ever. With an estimated 13.5 million people in need, Syria has become the defining humanitarian emergency of recent times. Most of the population has been affected by the violence and it has taken a tremendous toll on families who have been forced to move, often multiple times. Millions of people are displaced both inside Syria and in the neighboring countries.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has relaunched its website with news (in English and Arabic) about the response to the ongoing crisis. See more at


The Syrian Arab Red Crescent together with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and partners have greatly expanded their response, now reaching around 4.5 million people every month. In Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers are helping support thousands of people. However, much more needs to be done.


Since the crisis began 48 Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers have been killed, and 7 volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent. Every day our volunteers risk their lives to help others. They should be respected and protected as they carry out their humanitarian work.


Red Crescent livelihood programme brings hope to families in Syria

Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivers relief to five hard to reach areas through collaboration with partners

Red Crescent volunteers bring relief to the al-Waer suburb of Homs

SARC teams on alert to alleviate the threatening winter conditions in Syria

IFRC Secretary General visits volunteers and health workers in Syria

More stories from Syria


Preparing for a third winter in Lebanon after fleeing violence in Syria - See more at:

Japanese government continues to support Lebanese Red Cross amid ongoing refugee crisis

Scores killed in Beirut double-blast: Red Cross provides lifesaving response

Voices to Action: Civil society debates priorities on global humanitarian agenda in Beirut

Lebanese Red Cross praised for professionalism, neutrality during Beirut demos

Palestine Red Crescent Society hosts partnership meeting to highlight its work with refugees in Lebanon

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Kuwait Red Crescent Society supports Jordan Red Crescent in Syrian refugee response

With winter cold at the door, refugees in Jordan to receive an increase in cash assistance

“No life for a child” dealing with gunshot wounds in Jordan’s Azraq hospital

Vital support from the Jordan Red Crescent Society brings stability to families affected by the crisis in Syria - See more at:

Vital support from the Jordan Red Crescent Society brings stability to families affected by the crisis in Syria

Red Crescent hospital in Jordan's desert welcomes its first baby

“No life for a child” dealing with gunshot wounds in Jordan’s Azraq hospital - See more at:

More stories from Jordan


Despite domestic issues, Iraqi Red Crescent volunteers continue to support Syrian refugees

Iraqi Red Crescent continues to reach people affected by the Syria crisis

Thousands of Syrian refugees have crossed into the Kurdish region of Iraq

More stories from Iraq


From sewing classes to computer courses: community centres in Turkey give Syrians a lifeline

Turkey: Red Crescent provides assistance to those fleeing Al-Hasakah region

A day with Turkish Red Crescent in camps for Syrian people

Massive increase in people seeking refuge at Syrian border put pressure on relief supplies in Turkey

More stories from Turkey



Syria - Syria Complex Emergency - Emergency Appeal Revision

Lebanon - Population Movement - Emergency Appeal

Jordan - Population Movement - Emergency Appeal

Turkey - Population Movement- Movement Emergency Appeal Revision Nr. 4

More information on the appeals for the MENA region can be found here.

Press releases

IFRC Secretary General praises commitment of volunteers in Syria

Syria: How much longer? 

More press releases

Other related documents

Syria Movement narrative – English  |  Arabic