Over 50,000 people are isolated in Syria’s area of At-Tanf controlled by the US-led coalition and its proxies.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the US side has given international organizations no access to the Rukban refugee camp to deliver aid.
“Having closed a 55-kilometer zone around the US base at at-Tanf, the US force has created a territory where, according to various estimates, more than 50,000 people are staying in isolation. It is an unprecedented situation of long-lasting hindrance to humanitarian assistance to those in need. The refugee camp is deprived of the possibility to have enough food and professional medical assistance, to ensure classes to children,” the ministry said in a statement, according to the Russian state-run news agency TASS.
Syrian sources say that these people are de-facto hostages of the US-led forces and are used as a human shield to protext US-backed militants from the possible advance of the Syrian Army.
Earlier this month, people from the Rukban refugee camp started negotiating with the Syrian government in an attempt to return back to their homes in the government-controlled area. However, this attempt faces a major antagonism from the US-led forces.