Syria and Russia: Washington Wants to Use the al-Rukban Camp as a Human Shield

Syria and Russia have chastised the US for holding displaced people in the al-Rukban Camp against their will and siphoning off aid for terrorist groups writes SANA.

The Syrian and Russian coordination committees for the return of displaced Syrians stressed that the United States wants to keep the displaced people in the al-Rukban Camp to use them as human shields for their forces, which are present illegally in the al-Tanf area. 

In a joint statement on Tuesday, the committees said the evacuation of civilians from the al-Rukban Camp is proceeding very slowly, while the United States keeps providing terrorist groups under its control with food, secured from humanitarian aid convoys that were meant for the camp.

The statement said that under the pretense of caring for Syrians, the Americans are working to keep people in the camp to use them as human shields so that they can maintain their occupation of the al-Tanf area. 

The committees said the American side’s refusal to dismantle the camp will only exacerbate the suffering of the Syrians being held against their will in the al-Tanf area.

The statement said that humanitarian aid sent to Syria must go to the people who used to be in the al-Rukban Camp and were evacuated to Homs province, who so far number 7,434.

The committees said Russia and Syria support the delivery of aid to Syrian citizens, but a large part of the first two convoys sent under the care of the UN ended up in the hands of terrorist groups, stressing that transparency can only be achieved by delivering aid directly to the camp itself.

The statement also pointed out that the humanitarian situation in the al-Hol Camp in Hassakeh province is deteriorating due to the actions of the Americans and the militias they support, with over 73,000 people, over 90 percent of them women and children, currently living in very difficult conditions there.

 

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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