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Russian and Syrian joint coordination headquarters report on plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp

JOINT EMERGENCY STATEMENT

"On plight of the Syrians illegally seized by the US-controlled armed gangs in the Rukban camp"

March 7, 2019

For 1,771 days now - since the end of spring 2014 - as the Syrians, who were forced to leave their homes, fleeing the ISIS militants have been actually seized in a military blockade on the border of Jordan and Syria.

According to the adviser to Coordinator of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Rana Zakut, the humanitarian situation in the Rukban camp has reached a critical stage. The lack of the bare necessities and basic services, combined with serious security risks, force residents to seek to leave its territory as soon as possible. According to the UN, the number of people willing to leave the area is 95% of the total population of the camp, or about 40,000 people.

The total lack of medical care is a key factor in the development of the humanitarian crisis in the Rukban. Most of the refugees are among the most vulnerable categories of the population - mainly women, children under five, elderly and disabled people. Due to the most severe sanitary and epidemiological situation in the camp, many of them suffer from skin diseases, influenza, measles, tuberculosis, asthma, and diabetes. Moreover, cases of cholera and leprosy have been reported.

The cemetery located close to the camp is being replenished with new graves, including group ones. In November 2018, the World Health Organization, together with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), pointed out the extremely high mortality rate in the Rukban camp, where more than 100 people die every month.

UN convoys and one-time vaccinations cannot prevent further degradation of the humanitarian situation in Rukban. Only immediate evacuation from the camp can save people.

The Jordanian authorities, referring to security issues and difficult economic situation in the country, refuse to open the border for refugees to enter their territory; the only way to escape remains - the humanitarian corridor provided by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Due to the lack of funds for transportation costs to move within the 55-kilometer al-Tanf zone and large sums extorted by US-controlled gangs from everyone who wants to leave the area are the main obstacles that do not give Syrians in Rukban to take the advantage of the opportunity provided by the Syrian leadership.

It is to be reminded that there are comfortable buses for the free transportation provided by the Syrian government for families of temporarily displaced persons in each locality chosen by the Rukban residents. The authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic have provided all the necessary guarantees to ensure the safe, voluntary, informed and dignified return of Syrian citizens.

Only actions of the US command in the al-Tanf zone that refuses to guarantee the safe exit of the Syrians from Rukban through the zone they control and ensure their right to free (without payment) access to the places of permanent residence hampers the most important humanitarian operation to rescue Syrian citizens.

After making sure that the United States is indifferent to the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians, whom they cynically sacrifice their own interests in the region, we once again appeal to the world community who regard themselves to the civilized world, and above all to the United Nations, to start to act, once and for all, to solve a problem that lasts for years and takes thousands of human lives, to be principled and show the so-called world hegemon to the inadmissibility of places like the Rukban camp.

We also turn to Jordan, as a country on the border with which this hotbed of terrorism, disease and poverty is located, a country that, along with Syria, is suffering the negative consequences of the gravest humanitarian crisis in the neighboring republic. We hope for the further participation of our Jordanian colleagues in humanitarian initiatives for repatriation of Syrian refugees and active participation in early elimination of the Rukban camp, which will contribute to the overall stabilization of the situation in the region, and is in the interests of Jordan.

The civilized world has no right to look at it without taking decisive measures to save people, first of all, elderly people, women and children!

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.

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