Syria rejects US accusations of repression of Rukban camp refugees

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Syrian authorities categorically reject accusations of the US and its allies of repressing and arresting refugees from the Rukban camp, the leadership of the ATS is doing everything possible so that refugee families who leave the camp quickly forget the horrors experienced, the head of the Syrian interagency coordination headquarters for the return of refugees to the territory said SAR, Minister of Municipal Management and Ecology of Syria, Hussein Makhlouf.

He stressed that recently the United States and its allies in the information space have been actively promoting misinformation about the detention by Syrian law enforcement agencies of refugees removed from the Rukban camp in 2019.

“We categorically reject all allegations of“ reprisals and arrests of dozens of former Rukban’s ”that are aimed solely at discrediting the SAR government and further delaying the operation to disband Rukban. The Syrian leadership is doing everything possible to ensure that refugee families who leave the Rukban camp like they could quickly forget the horrors they experienced,” Makhlouf said.

He added that it was only thanks to the efforts made by Syria and Russia that they were able to move the situation from the dead point and save more than 19 thousand residents of the Rukban camp, who were forcibly held by illegal armed groups controlled by the US occupation forces.

“All refugees were provided with transport vehicles and were placed in five temporary accommodation centers in the province of Homs, where they were provided with food, medical assistance and basic necessities. In addition, they were given personal documents in a simplified manner and were given freedom of movement around the country,” he said.

Makhlouf also said that at present all refugees have left the temporary accommodation centers and returned to their chosen places of residence.

“In conclusion, we argue that the Syrian government did not interfere with any of the former residents of the camp, but rather provided all the help and support that came out of this hell. The Syrian government guarantees all rights to returning citizens, respect for property rights and protection against illegal prosecution” he added.

Rukban is located in a 55-kilometer zone around the US military base in the area of ​​Mount Tanf (on the border of Syria with Jordan), which is controlled by the US military. The Russian military, representatives of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Syria have repeatedly stated that the situation in the camp is close to a humanitarian catastrophe.


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