Children are at grave risk of dying, due to the disastrous humanitarian situation in Syria’s Rukban refugee camp, situated in a remote arid region of Syria, said the heads of the Russian and Syrian inter-agency coordination programme, in a joint statement.
Russia’s Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, and Syria’s Hussein Makhlouf, both said that US-backed militant groups are forcibly keeping refugees, which leaves children no chance to survive.
As reported by the Russian news agency TASS, the statement reads: “The situation in the camp remains disastrous, its residents have to survive in the most difficult conditions, facing militant violence on a daily basis. Children are the ones who suffer the most. Given the lack of food and medical care, as well as dire sanitary condition and the spread of infectious diseases, nursing babies have little chance to survive. According to the family members of people living in the camp, most of those who die every day are children under the age of two.”
According to Russian and Syrian representatives, Syrian nationals have been held in the camp for 1,773 days, and while the U S are demanding Damascus create ideal conditions for temporary displaced persons, it may happen so that soon there will be no refugees to rescue.
The statement says, “We once again call on the US to take steps to dismantle the Rukban camp, and ensure the safety of those refugees who wish to return to their places of permanent residence, and leave the illegally occupied areas of Syria.”
Mizintsev and Makhlouf also welcomed the Jordanian government’s determination to provide comprehensive assistance to Syrians residing in Jordan, to return to their home country. "We expect that our Jordanian colleagues will continue participating in the implementation of initiatives concerning the return of Syrian refugees, and the dismantling of the camp," the document notes.
According to the World Health Organization, the camp currently hosts about 40,000 refugees, mostly women and children.