Chief of Russia’s National Defense Control Center (NDCC) Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev announced on March 1 that the Damascus government is sending convoys to evacuate civilians from the al-Rukban refugee camp, which is located within the US-occupied arear of al-Tanaf.
Prior to this announcement, Col. Gen. Mizintsev headed a joint meeting between the Russian and Syrian committees for refugee’s return. Both sides stressed their deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the al-Rukban camp and held the U.S. responsible for it.
“You [U.S. forces in al-Tanaf] bear full responsibility for the safe passage of the convoys that will transport the refuges out of the 55km zone controlled by you … Now you have to prove, with actions and not words, that you are willing to work for the good of the Syrians,” RT quoted Col. Gen. Mizintsev as saying.
The Russian commander noted that a recent survey, that was done in cooperation with the Red Crescent, has proved that more than 40,000 civilians want to leave the al-Rukban camp due to the bad weather conditions, lack of supplies and poor medical care.
Last month, Russia and the Damascus government established two humanitarian corridors to help the civilians who want to leave the al-Rukban camp. However, the US-led coalition and its proxies prevented any civilians from leaving the camp.
The US-led coalition has been ignoring the suffering of civilians in al-Rukban for months now, and it is still unclear yet if it is going to allow the government convoys to evacuate them this time.