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Over 6,000 US-controlled militants remain in Rukban refugee camp

November 16, 2018, 13:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW

One of the most pressing issues today is the situation in the Rukban refugee camp, a defense official says

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Rukban refugee camp

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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. More than 6,000 militants of the Maghawir al-Thawra group controlled by the US are currently in the Rukban refugee camp along with 50,000 refugees, Yuri Tarasov, the Russian Defense Ministry's Envoy to the Ceasefire and Humanitarian Task Forces in Geneva, said at a meeting of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for refugees’ return on Friday.

"One of the most pressing issues today is the situation in the Rukban refugee camp, where a dire humanitarian situation has emerged. It is noteworthy that the total number of temporarily displaced individuals there is around 50,000. Of these, about 6,000 are militants from the US-controlled Maghawir al-Thawra group," he said.

According to Tarasov, weekly meetings of the Ceasefire and Humanitarian Task Forces are held in Geneva as part of the International Syria Support Group, which comprises representatives of 23 countries and four international organizations.

"Participants in these meetings discuss issues related to compliance with the cessation of hostilities and provision of assistance to Syria’s population," Tarasov added.

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