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Syrian Children Killed in US-Controlled Refugee Camp in Homs

A large number of children and women have been killed in the US-controlled al-Rukban Refugee Camp in al-Tanf region in Eastern Homs province, an Arab media outlet reported on Friday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted special sources as saying that a new group of residents of al-Rukban Camp controlled by the US and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) comprising about 400 people, most of them women and children, have left al-Tanf region near the border with Iraq and Jordan for safe areas under the Syrian Army control via al-Jaliqam crossing.

The residents of al-Rukban camp who had managed to flee the camp said that a large number of women and children have been killed due to the unfavorable conditions, including shortage of foodstuff, medicine, drinking water and deteriorating hygienic conditions.

They noted that the US Army troops distribute foodstuff, medicine and drinking water among the Washington-backed terrorist groups in the region.

In a relevant development in April, al-Watan reported that “there are around 40,000 to 60,000 people residing in al-Rukban Camp and about 2,500 of them have managed to leave the camp”.

The sources said the exit of the civilians came after terrorists sought to block their departure from the camp.

The families who have escaped al-Rukban have confirmed lack of food and hygiene in the camp, adding that the US-backed terrorists keep people hungry and prevent their evacuation, al-Watan said.

Based on media reports, the US troops that occupy a 55-km zone in Southern Syria block Russian and Syrian diplomatic and military officials from entering al-Rukban Camp to provide people with humanitarian aid.

The US command in Al-Tanf had previously delayed the delivery of aid to al-Rukban from Damascus, after refusing to guarantee its safety. It has also prevented buses sent by Damascus and guarded by the Russian military police from taking Syrians from the camp to other parts of Syria.

Since opening in 2014, Rukban is home to more than 40,000 Syrians, the majority of which have expressed a desire to return home. A survey released by the UN in February found that nine out of 10 living at the camp wanted to return. However, many expressed worry over gaining access to their property, possible retribution, as well as general safety and security concerns.

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