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US still refuses to let through buses with Syrian refugees — Russian reconciliation center

Head of the Russian reconciliation center Viktor Kupchishin said Syrian refugees still cannot leave the Rubakan camp

MOSCOW, March 18. /TASS/. The United States still refuses to let through buses sent for evacuating refugees from the Rubakan camp in Syria, head of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides Viktor Kupchishin said on Monday.

"Refugees from the Rubakan camp still cannot leave as the US side does not let through buses for evacuating refugees and refuses to ensure security for humanitarian convoys inside the 55-kilometer zone around its Al-Tanf base," Kupchishin said.

He reminded that a humanitarian corridor has been opened along with the Jleb mobile checkpoint for the unhampered return of temporarily displaced persons from the Al-Tanf zone. He said that special bus convoys were sent to the Jleb checkpoint to assist in the process. He also noted that the Syrian government guaranteed security to temporarily displaced persons, as well as simplified document recovery procedures.

Kupchishin said that militants have shelled the settlement of Shir al-Sahab in the Latakia province twice over the last 24 hours. Militants also opened fire at settlements in the provinces of Hama, Idlib, and Aleppo.