Al-Rukban camp administration demands international protection and evacuation of forcibly displaced people to Northern Syria

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 7, 2019, 4:31:03 PM wire RELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Siege

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On Monday, the Political and Public Relations Committee of the al-Rukban camp on the Jordanian border, 240 kilometer south of Homs, Central Syria, demanded international protection and the evacuation of the forcibly displaced people in the camp (FDP) to Northern Syria.

On October 4, 2018, the Syrian government forces laid siege to the Rukban Camp, preventing food and medical supplies from entering, while the camp administration appealed for aid for more than 50 thousand camp dwellers living in poor humanitarian conditions. One month after the siege started, the Syrian government forces allowed a single aid convoy to enter the camp.

The committee published a statement saying that they demand international protection for the FDP against potential aggression by the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias besieging the camp, especially after the United States’ decision to withdraw its forces from Syria.

The statement added that the military de-escalation agreement in the al-Tanf and al-55 areas, which calls for US and International Coalition protection for the FDP, will be at risk if the US forces withdraw.

The committee demanded a guarantee for the FDP that ensures them a life in peace, safety, and dignity will all of their rights preserved, including the right to be evacuated to Northern Syria if necessary.

The committee appealed to the international community, the US, France, United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany, other European countries, Amnesty International, and the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to meet the FDP’s demands.

The committee decried the calls to dismantle the camp and return the FDP to their cities and towns from which they were forcibly displaced, as they do not trust the Syrian government’s process of settlement. The committee added that the Syrian government did not commit to its promises of settling other civilians and fighter’s situations in its controlled areas. Settling a person’s situation should allow them to pursue their work or studies without being persecuted by the Syrian government.

The committee appealed to the UN and humanitarian organizations to continue to provide medical and humanitarian aid for the camp, as the FDP suffer in poor conditions from the lack of medical care and spread of diseases.

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Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 7, 2019, 4:31:03 PM wire RELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Siege
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