On October 17, officials in the al-Rukban refugee camp told Reuters news agency that the Damascus government has approved a U.N. plan to deliver humanitarian aid to the camp, which is located near the Syrian-Jordanian border. According to the officials, an aid convoy will enter the camp on October 25.
More than 50,000 refugees are suffering from catastrophic humanitarian conditions inside the camp, which resulted in the death of several children this month. The U.N. aid plan will hopefully improve the conditions inside the camp.
Syrian opposition sources accuse the Damascus government and Russia of besieging the al-Rukban camp. However, the camp is stationed within the 55km de-escalation zone around the US-led coalition base in the area of al-Tanf, which government forces are not allowed to enter.
Last month, local sources reported that the Damascus government and tribal leaders from the al-Rukban camp have reached an initial agreement to solve the humanitarian crisis in the camp. The agreement would have allowed the refugees to leave other parts of Syria. However, the evacuation is yet to begin, likely due to the oppostion from the U.S.
Russia has repeatedly stated that the U.S. is responsible for the humanitarian crisis in al-Rukban because the entire area is under its control. Washington likely believes that the refuge camp boosts “legitimacy” to its military presence in al-Tanaf.