US-backed militants continue preventing civilians from leaving the Rukban refugee camp located near the US military base of al-Tanf in eastern Syria, head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation Lt. Gen. Sergei Solomatin said on February 22.
“At the same time, illegal armed groups operating in the area [spanning] 55 kilometers [34 miles], are preventing the refugees from leaving the Rukban camp, providing them misleading information about true intentions of the Russian side and Damascus,” Solomatin said during a briefing.
He recalled that Russian forces and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent set up two checkpoints on February 19 allowing people to leave the camp. This effort has led to little progress so far.
Lt. Gen. Solomatin called on the US to put pressure on the leadership of militant groups and prevent them from disrupting the evacuation of civilians from the camp. However, it’s unlikely that Washington will do so. The need to ‘defend’ the Rukban refugee camp is one of the points used by MSM to justify the illegal US military presence in the al-Tanf zone.
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