The US is taking additional efforts to consolidate its illegal military presence in the Syrian area of at-Tanf, a spokeswoman for Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said during a press briefing on March 29.
“We are still concerned about reports that the United States and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence in the territory of sovereign Syria. In particular, heavy military equipment is arriving to the zone established by the United States around the settlements of al-Tanf in the southeast of the country,” the spokersperson said.
The at-Tanf garrison of the US-led coalition is located on the Damascus-Baghdad highway, near the Syrian-Iraqi border. A number of US troops as well as US-backed militants [trained and equipped by the coalition] are deployed there.
The US-led coalition has declarted a 55-km “security zone” around at-Tanf and even attacked government forces operating in the area. The Al-Rukban refugee camp is located within the US-declared zone.
According to the Russian side, with this move, the coalition has isolated more than 50,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. No delieries of humanitarian aid have taken place there.