US forces deployed in the Al-Tanf zone in Syria continues to forcibly keep refugees in the Al-Rukban camp, the deputy head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Sytnik, said on February 26.
He emphasized that the US continues its actions despite the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the camp.
According to Sytnik, the unwillingness of US forces to ensure the withdrawal of illegal armed groups and refugees from the Al-Tanf zone confirms “the US interest in maintaining the “conveyor belt” for training of extremists to maintain hotbeds of tensions in Syria.”
The Rukban refugee camp is located in eastern Syria in the US-controlled zone of Al-Tanf. Most residents tend to leave the region due to poor living conditions. US forces and their proxies forcefully prevent civilians from withdrawing from the area. Furthermore, in July 2019 the United States said that it did not intend to provide food to refugees in the Rukban camp despite the fact that the US military garrison is located just near the camp.
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