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US hampering humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's Rukban, al-Tanf and Raqqa

May 04, 17:07 UTC+3

The US-led coalition is not providing assistance to the residents, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman notes

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MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. The US is blocking deliveries of humanitarian supplies from international organizations to the Rukban refugee camp, al-Tanf and Raqqa, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Friday.

"Despite the earlier made hopeful statements, US representatives continue to block any deliveries of humanitarian aid to the Rukban refugee camp where about 50,000 Syrians need help, most of them women, elderly people and children," Konashenkov said.

"The US regional command refuses to guarantee safe entry for UN and ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) aid convoys, insisting that all products, water and necessities should be transferred only to militant gangs controlled by Americans… The humanitarian situation also remains difficult in Syria’s Raqqa, which turned into a ghost city after the carpet bombing by the international coalition," he stressed.

He stated that "after the release from terrorists Raqqa residents were deprived of the possibility to receive humanitarian aid from international organizations due to the unwillingness of the US to admit convoys from Syrian authorities and international organizations there."

"That said, the US itself and its allies in the ‘coalition’ are not providing any help to residents," the major general noted.

The situation in Aleppo

A similar situation can be observed in Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta and Deir ez-Zor, where people have to take up arms and go to fight with the legal government for their living in order to survive and support their families, he said.

After releasing these territories from terrorists, large stockpiles of food, drugs and other humanitarian cargoes were found at the militants’ warehouses, while ordinary Syrians were dying of hunger and illnesses, the major general reiterated.

"Hundreds of Syrians are talking about it, including in interviews with foreign mass media. Isn’t it a crime against humanity?" Konashenkov said.

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