Russia called on the US to immediately withdraw its troops from the Syrian area of al-Tanf, expressing concern over the situation in the al-Rukban Camp.
On Wednesday, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry at the Joint Commission of Coordination among Russian Ministries and Institutions called on Washington to immediately withdraw its forces from al-Tanf and transfer the supervision of this area to the Syrian government.
For his part, the Director of the National Defence Management Center, Mikhail Mezentsev, said that Moscow is still seriously concerned over the living conditions of the displaced Syrians in al-Rukban Camp, whose situation has got worse.
Mezentsev indicated that the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report that people are dying in al-Rukban Camp due to bad weather, a deterioration of the health situation, skin diseases, cold, tuberculosis, asthma and a lack of medicines, fuel and electricity.
He said that the US announced its intention to withdraw its forces from Syria, yet it is still illegally occupying an area of 55 km around al-Tanf.
He stressed that the US is been fully responsible for the ongoing suffering in the camp, indicating that a long-term resolution of the humanitarian situation in al-Rukban can only be achieved once the US withdraws and transfers the area back to Syrian.
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