Thousands of Civilians Flee US-Controlled Refugee Camp in Homs: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年04月17日

Thousands of Civilians Flee US-Controlled Refugee Camp in Homs

FARSNEWS2019/4/16
TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of civilians residing in al-Rukban Refugee Camp in the US-controlled al-Tanf region in Homs province fled the area as tens of militants have applied for amnesty, the Arabic-language media reports said Tuesday.

Around 4,000 civilians residing in al-Rukban refugee camp which is under the control of the US Army have crossed Jaligham crossing to reach areas under the control of the Syrian Army after fleeing al-Tanf region over the past month, the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted a source, speaking on condition of anonymity as saying.

The source said the camp would be a derelict region and dismantled soon if civilian exit continues at the present pace.

"And if an agreement is struck by the two sides on the status of the al-Rukban refugee camp, those terrorists who are not looking for amnesty will be transferred to Jordan or Northern Syria along with their families."

There are about 40,000 to 60,000 people residing in al-Rukban Camp and about 2,500 of them have managed to leave the camp, Al-Watan quoted special sources as saying.

The sources said the exit of the civilians came after terrorists sought to block their departure from leaving al-Rukban camp.

The families who have escaped al-Rukban have confirmed lack of food and hygienic possibilities in the camp, adding that the US-backed terrorists keep people hungry and prevent their evacuation.

Based on media reports, the US troops occupying a 55-km zone in Southern Syria block Russian and Syrian diplomatic and military officials from entering Rukban to provide people with humanitarian aid.

The US command in Al-Tanf had previously delayed the delivery of aid to Rukban from Damascus, after refusing to guarantee its safety while it passed through its zone. It has also prevented buses sent by Damascus and guarded by Russian military police from taking Syrians from the camp to other parts of Syria from permanent resettlement.

Since opening in 2014, Rukban is home to more than 40,000 Syrians, the majority of which have expressed a desire to return home. A survey released by the UN in February found that nine out of 10 living at the camp wanted to return. However, many expressed worry over gaining access to their property, possible retribution, as well as general safety and security concerns.

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