On February 19, Russian forces opened 2 humanitarian corridors allowing refugees to leave the Rukban camp in the US-controlled area of al-Tanf in eastern Syria, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria Sergei Solomatin told media on February 20.
According to him, on the same day, 23 people left the US-controlled area via the “Jleb humanitarian corridor”. Members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are stationed at the checkpoints to provide medical aid to refugees leaving the camp.
The Russian side says militants have blocked the exit from the Rukban camp by building an earth berm. They also threatened the refugees with “jail and death” on the territory under the control of the Damascus government.
“At the same time, the possibility of exit of foreign fighters from the 55-kilometer zone to Jordan and Iraq is not limited, while militants from the Islamic State terrorist group and their families have been moved to the Rukban camp from the eastern shore of the Euphrates river, where the pro-US ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ are leading the so-called ‘victorious war against the last remnants of the IS’ in Syria, promoted by the Western media,” the Solomatin explained.
A video by al-Zazeera shows Russsian forces near the Rukban refugee camp:
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