Hundreds of residents of al-Rukban refugee camp organized a sit-in protest against the extremely dire conditions they are suffering due to the tightened blockade that the Assad forces and its backers have imposed on the camp since 2018. The demonstrators appealed to the relevant international organizations to address their plight and confront the regime’s pressures, reasserting their right to a decent, dignified life.
The demonstrators held banners that read “get us out of this big prison,’ and ‘it’s hell on earth,’ and ‘we demand a safe passage to northern Syria.’
Meanwhile, the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) continues to communicate with the United Nations and several states to relieve residents of al-Rukban camp, ensure decent life for the residents, and put an end the regime’s brutal blockade.
Last week, SOC’s President, Salem al-Meslet, sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, calling for urgent intervention to save the lives of displaced people in al-Rukban refugee camp and to work effectively to ensure a dignified life for them.
The SOC also called for an urgent international intervention to put an end to the Assad regime’s blockade on the camp and save the lives of thousands of civilians who were displaced by the regime. It called on the United Nations to assume its responsibilities and work effectively to ensure a dignified life for thousands of households trapped in the camp.
Residents of al-Rukban camp are suffering severe shortages in drinking water. Aid deliveries from Jordan have been suspended since 2019, while the UNICEF-funded medical center was closed, amid silence by the international community and humanitarian organizations about the humanitarian catastrophe in the camp.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)