Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa region is home to 18 National Societies. With the support of Red Cross Red Crescent partners, these national societies are currently responding to large-scale humanitarian needs across the region as a result of various ongoing conflicts with a special focus on Syria and neighboring countries, as well as Israel and the Palestinian Territories and Iraq. The Canadian Red Cross is focusing on health in emergencies, disaster response and providing personnel and support to our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners who are delivering vital assistance in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories.


The conflict in Syria is now in its fifth year. More than 12 million people have become dependent on humanitarian assistance. Close to eight million people are displaced within Syria while 3.8 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries.

Israel and Palestinian Territories

The recent conflict in Gaza and Israel has generated large-scale humanitarian needs and exhausted medical supplies and relief stocks in the hardest hit areas. The humanitarian situation in the densely populated Gaza Strip is particularly dire. The Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting efforts by Red Cross and Red Crescent partners to alleviate suffering and provide life-saving assistance.


Recent waves of violence in northern Iraq have prompted 850,000 people to seek refuge in the Kurdish parts of Iraq. The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has mounted a large-scale operational response to provide those displaced by the conflict with food, water and health care.


With an ever increasing influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, , the Canadian Red Cross remains committed to supporting on-going Red Cross Red Crescent operations aimed at alleviating suffering.


The Jordanian Red Crescent, with support from Red Cross Red Crescent partners is responding to alleviate the suffering of refugees within Jordan and providing them with life-saving support as part of the broader regional response.