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UN prepares to send aid to al-Rukban camp

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2018/10/23 09:58

Homs - SMART

The United Nations prepares to send humanitarian aid to the al-Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border, 240 kilometers southeast of Homs, Central Syria.

On Tuesday, the head of the media office of the camp's civil administration, Mahmoud al-Hamili, reported that on Monday, he met with a UN team that wanted to register the number of residents in the camp and inquire about the security situation on the road the aid convoy will use.

Al-Hamili stated that the convoy is expected to arrive next week, after the UN team and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent prepare it in Damascus.

Al-Hamili said that the convoy will include food, tent insulators, children's clothing and medicine. The Red Crescent will also vaccinate the children in the camp. Al-Hamili noted that the convoy will not bring blankets.

Last Tuesday, a UN relief official stated that the Syrian government gave the UN permission to deliver humanitarian aid to 50,000 forcibly displaced people (FDP) in the al-Rukban camp. The official added that they will deliver the aid next week.

The camp is located in an area known as Area 55, which includes the International Coalition's al-Tanf military base. Several Free Syrian Army factions work in the area, including the Ahrar al-'Ashaer Army and Maghaweer al-Thawra Army, who are responsible for protecting the camp.

Last week, the camp administration warned that food will run out soon, after the Syrian government forces prevented the entry of food to the camp, which is home to 50,000 FDP who suffer in poor conditions and lack access to education and health care, leading to the recent death of 12 FDP.