A Patient Dies in Rukban IDPs Camp Due to Continued Blockade by Assad Regime
A patient died in Al-Rukban IDPs camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border after his health rapidly deteriorated as a result of the lack of treatment due to the blockade imposed by the Assad regime forces on the camp. The latest death has brought to 15 the number of people who died in the camp since the blockade was tightened about a month ago.
Activists said the young man Osama al-Abdullah died after a month-long suffering from disease in the camp. Local activists said that Abdullah did not receive treatment nor was he allowed access to a medical center outside the camp because of the tightened blockade.
A nurse who works in the camp said that medical centers inside suffer severe shortages of medical supplies and equipment as a result of the blockade.
Al-Rukban IDPs camp has been under blockade since June. On Saturday, a United Nations aid convoy arrived at the camp. Aid workers said that the aid supplies would suffice for no more than a month.
The camp is home to more than 60,000 internally displaced people. According to the camp administration, the residents include thousands of people with disabilities, including 1,460 women, 1,621 men and 4,273 children.
The Syrian Coalition stressed the need to exercise pressure on the Assad regime to lift the brutal blockade which constituted a war crime punishable by international law.
The Coalition added that the regime pursues a policy of pressure and starvation as residents of the camp suffer a lack of the basic necessities leading to deaths and permanent disabilities. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)