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Syria: Numbers and Locations of Syrian Refugees as of May 1, 2013
The map depicts location and status of refugees in countries bordering Syria, and indicates areas of refugee presence and conflict and displacement. The map also shows the rise of total refugee numbers for during the past twelve months, and breaks down Syrian refugee numbers by country.

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Syria: Journalists in the Crossfire and the Crosshairs. Journalists are taking great risks to shed light on the truth of what is happening in Syria. We have long condemned violence against journalists in the strongest terms. We continue to call for the protection of journalists and for their rights to freedom of expression and movement.

Map Preview: Syria: Numbers and Locations of People Fleeing Internal Violence

Map Posted on December 5, 2012

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Official U.S. Statements and Other Resources

Following his meetings with Syrian Coalition President al-Khatib, members of the Coalition’s leadership, and international partners supporting the Syrian opposition, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the United States’ intention to double non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, as well as provide additional humanitarian aid to Syrians in need.
- Secretary of State John Kerry – posted April 20, 2013 (Full statement)

President Obama Increases Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis – posted August 8, 2013

Spokesperson Psaki on Massacre in al-Bayda – posted May 4, 2013 

Remarks at an Informal General Assembly Meeting with the Syria Commission of Inquiry – posted July 30, 2013 

We must continue to close off the regime’s economic lifelines, expand the circle of countries vigorously implementing sanctions, and prevent the Syrian government from evading them. And we welcome other countries’ views about additional measures that would be effective. The regime must end the atrocities, comply with all its commitments under the Annan plan, and allow the transition to a democratic Syria to begin.
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Full statement)

USAID Remarks at the Syria Humanitarian Forum- February 19, 2013 “The United States continues to work through all possible channels to most effectively deliver aid. This includes working through the UN, NGO partners, local Syrian organizations and committees. Regardless of political affiliation, we are directing assistance to the most vulnerable people, and we are doing this in coordination with the Syrian Opposition Coalition.”

U.S. Announces Additional Funding in Response to Syria Crisis – February 19, 2013
..”the United States is providing an additional $19 million in humanitarian assistance in response to urgent needs emanating from the brutal conflict in Syria. On January 29, President Obama announced an additional $155 million to help those suffering inside Syria and refugees in the neighboring countries.”

U.S. Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Syria – February 6, 2013
Teleconference Call with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne C. Richard and USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg

Video Remarks of Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly
January 31, 2013
“The United States is also committed to working with the UN and several societies to address the needs of Syrian people in Syria and throughout the region.”

“We encourage other donor countries to meet the UN’s regional appeal and Lebanon’s specific requests for assistance. The people of the United States are making this contribution to further strengthen the ongoing commitment we have made to promote our stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon. We look forward to our continuing partnership with the UN here in Lebanon and around the region, to provide for the basic needs of those who fled the violence in Syria and to help the generous communities that are hosting them here in Lebanon.”

Message from Ambassador Ford
January 25, 2013
“We met a lot of people and heard stories of their suffering, of losing family members, houses destroyed. We talked about what we are doing, providing tents, providing food both to people in camps like the one we saw, but also inside Syria.”

Message from Ambassador Ford
January 22, 2013
“I am pleased to announce that I’ll be visiting the region this week with colleagues from the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. We’ll visit Turkey and Jordan to see the conditions of Syrian refugees…we’ll sit with governments, international organizations and NGOs working to help the Syrian refugees.”

Spokesperson Nuland on the Attack on the University of Aleppo
January 16, 2013
“The United States is appalled by the Syrian regime’s deadly attack yesterday near the University of Aleppo, which reportedly killed more than 80 people and injured more than 150 people. According to eyewitnesses at the scene, regime planes launched aerial strikes in the vicinity of university facilities. We understand most of the victims of this tragedy were students and internally displaced people who had been housed at the university. We condemn any attack on unarmed civilians and continue to emphasize that those responsible for unlawful killings and other violations of international law will be identified and held accountable. Our sympathies and condolences go out to all those devastated by this senseless tragedy, which is only the latest in a long stream of losses inflicted by the Assad regime on its own people.”

Message from Ambassador Ford
October 19, 2012, Embassy Damascus Facebook Page
“I want to be clear that the United States supports a unified, free, prosperous, and inclusive Syria that respects the rights of all its citizens and becomes a force for stability and peace in the region, rather than a threat to its own people and the region. We also know that Asad’s brutal dictatorship will come to an end. After the regime falls, it will take hard work by Syrians to rebuild their state and their country.

The United States has been standing by the Syrian people during their struggle for the last 19 months, including through providing over $130 million in humanitarian assistance. We don’t send this assistance in boxes that say “made in America.” But even though we are discreet, much assistance is coming from us. The humanitarian aid helps address the most urgent daily needs of the more than 2.5 million inside Syria who have left their homes fleeing the violence, as well as the nearly 350,000 Syrians who have fled to neighboring countries. More humanitarian aid will come from the American people.”

Fact Sheet: U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis
January 29, 2013
“President Obama reaffirmed the United States’ continued commitment and support for the Syrian people by announcing an additional $155 million in humanitarian aid to help meet the acute needs of people inside Syria and refugees across the region who are affected by the violence in Syria…”

Fact Sheet: U.S. Government Assistance to Syria
January 9, 2013
“The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a Syrian-led transition to a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful Syria. [...] U.S. assistance includes vigorous diplomatic support of the newly formed Syrian Opposition Coalition, humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict, and non-lethal support for local councils and civil society inside Syria.”

Spokesperson Nuland on Asad’s Speech in Syria
January 7, 2013
“Bashar al-Asad’s speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people’s goal of a political transition.”

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns Announces Additional U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian Crisis
December 12, 2012
“The United States, along with the international community, is working tirelessly to ensure that the innocent children, women, and men affected by the conflict in Syria are provided with life-saving assistance, and we will continue to stand by them in their time of need.”

Statement by Ambassador Donahoe on Renewal of Commission of Inquiry on Syria by Human Rights Council
September 17, 2012
“Anyone who has watched the behavior of the Assad regime over the past months, while horrified, is not surprised by the COI’s findings: Reasonable grounds exist to believe that Government forces and the Shabbiha have committed the crimes against humanity, war crimes and gross violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including unlawful killing, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual violence, indiscriminate attack, pillaging and destruction of property.”

Remarks by Ambassador Rice at a Security Council Meeting on Syria
August 31, 2012
“Mr. President, we gather at a somber hour—less than a week after some of the bloodiest days since the Syrian regime began its crackdown almost 18 months ago. The United States is outraged by the summary executions and shelling that killed hundreds of Syrians in Daraya late last week.”

Secretary Clinton on Plans for Syria
July 6, 2012
“Today the international community sent a clear and unified message: The violence in Syria must stop, a democratic transition must start, and Assad must go.”

Secretary Clinton at Friends of Syrian People Ministerial Meeting
July 6, 2012
“We are united in support of the Syrian people and in our absolute resolve to see the end of the Assad regime and a transition to a democratically-elected, representative government that gives the Syrian people a path forward.”

International Community Must Continue to Ratchet up Pressure on Assad Regime to Halt the Violence
July 6, 2012 – Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council
“The United States continues to engage in candid bilateral discussions with the Government of Bahrain and a cross-section of Bahrainis, and these discussions include human rights…”

Secretary Clinton on Syrian Shoot-Down of Turkish Aircraft
June 24, 2012
“The United States condemns this brazen and unacceptable act in the strongest possible terms. It is yet another reflection of the Syrian authorities’ callous disregard for international norms, human life, and peace and security.”

President Obama on the G20 Summit and Syria
June 20, 2012

Map: Numbers and Locations of People Fleeing the Violence in Syria
June 15, 2012
“This map is an update of the one we originally posted on April 27 which shows the number of people displaced by the violence in Syria.”

Fact Sheet: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Reaching Syria and Neighboring Countries
June 7, 2012
“The United States is pursuing every avenue to provide humanitarian relief to those affected by the violence in Syria and is engaged in focused diplomatic efforts to secure full and unfettered access for humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.”

Ambassador Rice on Syria – Remarks to Press at the United Nations Security Council
June 8, 2012 – Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
“… this initiative we have all supported, the Annan plan, is nearing a critical point. And indeed it is not succeeding because the government of Syria is not fulfilling is obligations under the Annan plan.”

Friends Of The Syrian People Sanctions Working Group
June 6, 2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
“The international community cannot sit idly by, and we won’t — today’s Friends of the Syrian People sessions are increasing the pressure on the regime and deepening its isolation.”

Syria Humanitarian Forum
June 5, 2012 – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kelly Clements, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
“This forum has become an important mechanism through which we can highlight areas of particular humanitarian concern, share information among humanitarian organizations, affected countries and donors regarding both operations and contributions, and maintain and strengthen the support of the Syrian government for humanitarian relief operations in Syria.”

Secretary Clinton on the June 1 Special Session on Syria
June 1, 2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

U.S. Statement at the June 1 UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Syria and Remarks to the Press
June 1, 2012 – Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

Expulsion of Syrian Charge d’Affaires Zuheir Jabbour
May 29, 2012

Secretary Clinton on the Massacre in Haoula, Syria
May 26, 2012
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms yesterday’s massacre in the Syrian village of Haoula. United Nations observers have confirmed that dozens of men, women, and children were killed and hundreds more wounded in a vicious assault that involved a regime artillery and tank barrage on a residential neighborhood.”

Fact Sheet: Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Syria
May 10, 2012
“The United States is pursuing every avenue to get humanitarian relief to those affected by the violence in Syria and is engaged in focused diplomatic efforts to secure full and unfettered access for humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.”

White House Notice: Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Actions of the Government of Syria
May 9, 2012
“In addition, the United States condemns the Asad regime’s use of brutal violence and human rights abuses and calls on the Asad regime to step aside…”

Secretary Clinton on Syria at Ad Hoc Ministerial Meeting
April 19, 2012
“We also are hopeful that, despite the evidence thus far, the mission of Kofi Annan can begin to take root, starting with monitors being sent, but remembering that it’s a six-point plan and that it’s not a menu of options.”

Ambassador Rice on Syria and the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2042
April 14, 2012 – Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
“After more than a year of sustained violence and immense suffering by the Syrian people, the Security Council today finally and unanimously adopted a resolution on Syria.”

U.S. and International Partners Establish Syria Accountability Clearinghouse
April 2, 2012
“By providing a forum for coordination, the Clearinghouse will advance efforts to assist and train the Syrian people and partner organizations to collect, collate, analyze, and securely store evidence, documentation, and other information concerning human rights abuses and violations, while protecting witnesses and sources.”

Secretary Clinton Press Availability on Syria
April 1, 2012
“… today, we called for an immediate end to the killing in Syria, and we urged the Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan to set a timetable for next steps. The world will not waiver. Assad must go. And the Syrian people must be free to choose their own path forward.”

Secretary Clinton After Meeting with Syrian National Council
April 1, 2012
“… I really believe that, with the announcements coming from the meeting today, there will be greater pressure on the regime, there will be more assistance of all kinds for the Syrian National Council, there will be more humanitarian assistance, that the people inside Syria should know they are not alone.”

Fact Sheet: Additional Humanitarian Relief For Syrians
April 1, 2012
“The United States is pursuing every avenue to get humanitarian relief into Syria and is engaged in focused diplomatic efforts to secure full and unfettered access for humanitarian organizations to reach those in need.”

Secretary Clinton and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal Discuss Iran and Syria
March 31, 2012
“… in Istanbul, the international community will be discussing additional measures to increase pressure on the regime, provide humanitarian assistance, despite the obstacles by the regime, and look for ways to advance an inclusive, democratic, orderly transition that addresses the aspirations of the Syrian people and preserves the integrity and institutions of the Syrian state.”

Secretary Clinton on Syria and Afghanistan, with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zalmai Rassoul
March 21, 2012
“… I want to commend the United Nations Security Council for its strong statement on Syria this morning in support of the six-point plan put forward by the UN and Arab League Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan.”

Ambassador Rice Discusses Syria, Libya and Other Human Rights Issues in Congressional Testimony
March 20, 2012 – Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
“In response to the ongoing horrors in Syria, the United States and our partners have engaged in intensive diplomacy at the United Nations to put the world on record in support of an immediate halt to the violence; a negotiated, peaceful solution; and a responsible democratic transition.”

FACT SHEET: Humanitarian Relief for Syrians
March 15, 2012 – U.S. Department of State
“The United States is pursuing every avenue to get humanitarian relief into Syria and is engaged in focused diplomatic efforts to secure safe access for humanitarian organizations to reach those in need. To that end, the United States is providing over $12 million in humanitarian assistance through the UN and other humanitarian organizations to support the people of Syria.”

Syria’s Use of Landmines to Fence in Its Own People “Horrific”
March 13, 2012
“… we have very credible reporting that the Syrian regime is now planting anti-personnel landmines on some of the escape routes that refugees have been using to flee the violence and to take shelter in neighboring countries like Turkey and Lebanon.”

Secretary Clinton on Libya, Yemen, Syria and Quartet Consultations, at the United Nations Security Council
March 12, 2012
“Five weeks ago, this council was unable to stand united against the horrific campaign of violence that has shocked the conscience of the world, one that continues unabated as we meet. We were blocked from even condemning the violence and endorsing a peaceful plan developed by Syria’s own neighbors.”

President Obama on Syria
March 6, 2012
“With respect to Syria, what’s happening in Syria is heartbreaking and outrageous, and what you’ve seen is the international community mobilize against the Assad regime. And it’s not a question of when Assad leaves — or if Assad leaves — it’s a question of when.”

Q and A on Egypt NGO’s and Syria
March 5, 2012 – Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman

Remarks Before the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council
March 2, 2012 – Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero

The Syria Crisis and Its Implications
March 1, 2012 – Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman
“The demise of the Assad regime is inevitable. It’s important that the tipping point for the regime be reached quickly, because the longer the regime assaults the Syrian people, the greater the chances of all-out war in a failed state.”

Statement on the Human Rights Council Resolution
March 1, 2012 – Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

Readout of Meeting with Syrian Chargé D’Affaires Zuheir Jabbour
February 29, 2012 – Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman

Support for the People of Syria
February 28, 2012 – Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer
“Earlier today, I spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where I joined many other nations gathered to demand an end to the Assad government’s outrageous and ongoing crimes against the people of Syria…”

Chairman’s Conclusions of the International Conference of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People
February 24, 2012 – Group of Friends of the Syrian People
“The first meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian People was held in Tunis on Feb 24, with the participation of more than 60 countries and representatives from the United Nations, the League of Arab States, the European Union, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab Maghreb Union and the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States to discuss the worsening situation in Syria.”

Secretary Clinton after the Friends of Syria Meeting in Tunisia
February 24, 2012
“The international community agreed to take a number of concrete steps that will help begin providing humanitarian relief to the Syrian people, increase the pressure on Assad and those around him, and prepare for the democratic transition.”

Secretary Clinton’s Intervention at the Friends of the Syrian People Meeting
February 24, 2012
“The Assad regime has ignored every warning, squandered every opportunity, and broken every agreement.”

Statement on the Second Report of the Syria Commission Of Inquiry
February 24, 2012 – Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
“The United States welcomes the second report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria and notes its indictment of the Assad regime’s comprehensive campaign of violence against the Syrian people.”

Secretary Clinton on Syria: UN Vote Was “Travesty”
February 5, 2012

Explanation of Vote at a Security Council Session on Syria
February 4, 2012 – Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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