Secretary-General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Haytham Rahmeh, said that the Assad regime is pursuing a policy of ‘starve or kneel down’ with the residents of al-Rukban camp, calling on the United Nations to intervene urgently to deliver aid to the besieged camp.
Rahmeh pointed out that the residents of al-Rukban camp are being forced to leave to regime-held areas due to the tightened blockade that the Assad regime has imposed on the camp for years, adding that the residents began to surrender themselves to the regime due to the lack of necessities of life.
Rahmeh indicated that the Assad regime is forcing residents of the camp to so-called reconciliation processes, only to detain some of the returnees a few days later.
He reiterated the need for urgent UN intervention to relieve residents of al-Rukban camp with life-saving assistance. He also stressed the need for a firm international stance to rein in the Assad regime which continues to besiege the camp and threatens its residents with displacement and arrest.
The local council in al-Rukban camp has made several appeals to international organizations to find solutions and stop the suffering of the displaced people, with the calls largely falling on deaf ears.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)