Vice-president of the Syrian Coalition, Bader Jamous, condemned the Assad regime’s imposition of blockade around the Rukban refugee camp near the Syrian-Jordanian border and its prevention of the introduction of food and medical supplies. At least 14 people, including four children, has died in recent weeks due to lack of medicine and healthcare in the camp.
The administration of the camp warned that food and medical supplies in the camp will completely run out in a matter of a week or a maximum of ten days should humanitarian access continues to be blocked.
Jamous said that the camp is home to tens of thousands of people who were forcibly displaced from their homes by the Assad regime forces. He added: “Those people chose to live in tents in the desert without any semblance of life only to preserve their dignity and to escape the brutality of the Assad regime.”
“The thugs of Assad and Russia, together with the international community which is complicit in this tragedy, are denying food and medicine to residents of the camp in order to force them to return to the lap of the murderous regime," Jamous said.
Yazan Aliwi, Director of the only clinic in the camp, told Smart News Network that 14 people died due to lack of medical care in the camp, including four children, two women, three men, and five elderly people.
Head of the local council in the camp, Abu Ahmed Derbas al-Khalidi, said that the Assad regime demands that residents of the camp agree to forced settlement agreements and return to the areas under its control. He added that the United Nations "did not lift a finger" to relieve residents of the camp who are suffering increasing shortage of food, especially infant formula.
Nearly 65,000 people currently live in Al-Rukban refugee camp and suffer extremely dire living conditions. The UN Goodwill Ambassador to the Middle East has already appealed to international organizations to urgently respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the camp. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa on Tuesday arrived in northern Syria to visit the demilitarized zone which was established under the Idlib agreement. President Mustafa was accompanied by Secretary General Nazir al-Hakim, Spokesman Anas al-Abdah, and other Coalition members.
President Mustafa stressed that the frontlines with the Assad regime forces and the Iranian terrorist militias did not change nor did they fall back. He explained that only heavy weapons were withdrawn from the demilitarized zone as sides to the agreement can retain their medium and light weapons.
President Mustafa pointed out that he reviewed maps showing the location and boundaries of the buffer zone along with FSA commanders. He said: "We are closely following the situation on the ground, especially the suffering of the civilian population resulting from lack of essential services."
President Mustafa also held several meetings with heads of local councils in the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Idlib as well as with civil society groups to discuss the challenges facing the region, most importantly ensuring the continued work of local councils in the liberated areas and the provision of services to the civilian population.
Moreover, President Mustafa pointed out that the Coalition and its institutions are seeking to benefit from the Idlib agreement in order to consolidate the civil administration and restart the work of service and administrative institutions. “We are seeking to come closer to the social base of the revolution using all possible means."
“We have a responsibility to provide services and ensure a decent life for civilians in the liberated areas after the implementation of the Idlib agreement which was internationally welcomed as it averted a possible military offensive against civilians in the region.”
He pointed out that the Coalition is taking another action at the political level to benefit from the agreement. He emphasized that this action must open that door to the reinvigoration of the political process to find a comprehensive political solution that meets the Syrian people’s demands for freedom and justice. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)