11 January 201819:41

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the situation at the Rukban Syrian refugee camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border


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On January 7, the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of Jordan announced Amman’s approval of a one-time delivery of humanitarian aid across the Jordanian border to the Syrian refugee camp of Rukban, located on Syrian territory. On January 8, food and essential goods were brought to the camp. The list of goods and the amount of aid have not been disclosed.

We welcome the delivery of relief supplies to those stranded in Rukban. At the same time, we insist that the territorial integrity and independence of Syria be respected and international humanitarian law be observed during the delivery of relief supplies.

The Rukban camp is located in the 55-kilometre zone around At Tanf, which is de facto occupied by US forces. No Syrian army units or representatives of the legitimate authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic are allowed into the above area. The training of militants for illegal Syrian armed formations continues at US strongholds. Meanwhile, for UN humanitarian convoys trying to reach Rukban from Syrian territory, the “border” remains tightly sealed. According to various sources, an estimated 60,000 people in the Rukban camp are in an extremely dire situation, short of food and medicines.

We regard as unacceptable attempts by Washington to justify the use of military force against the sovereignty and territorial inviolability of the Syrian Arab Republic. Assurances by the United States that its military are allegedly staying on Syrian soil for the purpose of fighting terrorists are unconvincing and open to criticism. We demand that all restrictions on access for convoys of food and medicines be lifted and that humanitarian operations in the area be more transparent. As a reminder, the US armed forces are fully responsible for the 55-kilometre At Tanf zone they have occupied.

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