The recent intensification of hostilities has triggered the displacement of some 80,000 individuals outside besieged East Ghouta, Syria, and led to a dire humanitarian situation.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), UN organisations and NGOs have mobilised a rapid response, with food, shelter, WASH, health and nutrition to provide assistance to the displaced people currently residing in the collective shelters.

The Logistics Cluster has been closely coordinating with the SARC and the other humanitarian responders to deliver urgently needed assistance, including WFP Ready to Eat rations, DRC Hygiene Kits and UNICEF Fortified Spread to the collective shelters that have been set up to accommodate the people leaving East Ghouta.

On 25 March 2018, the Logistics Cluster coordinated an inter-agency convoy with 30 trucks from UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO to Tal Rafaat (Aleppo Governorate) to provide assistance to people displaced from Afrin.

The storage facilities in Aleppo, that the Logistics Cluster has been managing since August 2017, proved key in supporting prepositioning efforts for the response and for the assistance to Tal Rafaat.

In addition, the Logistics Cluster has set up a Mobile Storage Unit (MSU) in Herjelleh collective shelter, which is being used to store inter-agency relief items destined to assist an estimated number of 17,000 people.

The Logistics Cluster will also coordinate access to transport services from SARC main warehouse to the collective shelters, as well as the movement of supplies within the collective shelters 24/7. This will be done using two medium sized trucks and five smaller trucks made available to the humanitarian community by SARC.