Russian and Syrian Joint Coordination Headquarters March 17 Report on the Plight of Syrians in Rukban Camp

JOINT STATEMENT
by joint coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic “On the plight of the Rukban camp refugees»
March 17, 2019

For 1,781 days now the Syrian citizens has been suffering forcibly detained in Rukban refugee camp by US-controlled armed groups in the occupied Al-Tanf zone.

Unbearable living conditions of the camp residents are exacerbated by violence from militants controlled by the United States armed gangs headed by Magavir Al-Saura, the hunger, cold and dangerous infections, and the lack of any opportunity freely to leave it.

Since may 2018, a little more than 800 Syrians have managed to return to their homes, each of them paid the militants 300 US dollars for their freedom. But today no one leaves Rukban, since the old people, disabled people, women and children have no place to take this money, and fathers of families cannot collect the necessary amount for all family members, since there is no work in the camp.

Syrian citizens who have left the camp are afraid to report this information openly, seriously fearing for the lives of the people remaining in the camp.

We urge the entire world community to pay close attention to this glaring fact. The United States and its accomplices, depriving the residents of the Rukban camp of free movement and choice of residence at their discretion, grossly violate all the fundamental norms of international law.

We again appeal to the United Nations to abandon the inefficient practice of supplying humanitarian convoys to Rukban prisoners, since a significant part of the cargo is used by the Americans to feed the militants. We urgently demand an impact on the United States for the speedy disbandment of the camp. Internally displaced persons should be able to leave the camp without paying tribute to pro-American groups.

Head of Russian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees – Head of National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation

Mizintsev M.

Head of Syrian Joint Coordination Committee on Repatriation of Syrian Refugees – Local Administration Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic

Makhlouf H.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation