TheICRC is seeking to clarify the fate of 23,000 persons whose families have no news, either because they have been captured, killed, or because they lost contact after fleeing their homes. The pain of family separation comes on top of indescribable loss, suffering and rising humanitarian needs two years after the escalation of the armed conflict, including for millions of people displaced, both within and beyond the borders of the two countries.
On 6 February 2023, two earthquakes, each registering a magnitude of 7.8 struck the northwest region of the country. This natural disaster resulted in the tragic loss of thousands of lives and caused injuries to numerous others. Structures were devastated, leaving behind rubble where homes once stood.
New drone technology using AI has been developed to detect landmines and explosive remnants of war, a technological development that will help speed up mine detection and clearance in the coming years.
The scale and the gravity of the needs left in the wake of the massive earthquake that struck northwest Syria one month ago require urgent action to avoid devastating humanitarian consequences in a region already struggling to cope with the effects of more than a decade of conflict.