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Russian Defense Ministry slams US actions in Rukban ‘concentration’ camp

Head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center Mikhail Mizintse clarified that the US is saying that the country supports the process of resettling, while in fact started taking "dubious measures"

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The US is carrying out a concentration camp policy in the Rukban refugee camp, Head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev told a meeting of the Russian and Syrian inter-agency coordination headquarters on the issue of resettling the refugees in Syria.

"On the grounds of the Rukban camp any transport is prohibited, while it is forbidden for the people living there to leave it through any other gate but the main one. How can we interpret that? It is very confusing, they stand for democracy and humanity, but when it comes to actions they advance a policy of the long forgotten concentration camps," he said.

He clarified that the US is saying that the country supports the process of resettling the refugees from the camp, while in fact they started taking dubious measures that are not portraying the country that strives to be the world leader in the best light. "As we have established, with the direct support of the US military, the US-controlled armed groups headed by Mahavir as-Saura, in response to the mass exodus of the refugees, promptly formed the so-called local police in the Rukban camp and devised a list of rules and punishments for failing to abide by them for the people living there," the Colonel-General said.

Moreover, the US satellites in the Western Europe are also involved in the crisis. They ramped up the pressure on the countries that neighbor Syria and are clearly saying that coordinating actions with the Syrian government to tackle the refugee issue is not recommended. "In other words, they are willingly creating obstacles for the direct dialogue with the Syrian government and artificial barriers for the process of resettling the Syrian refugees in their home country," Mizintsev pointed out.

Amid these developments, a coherent and consistent position of the UN is needed as ever in assessing the actions of the US and their allies in the region and compelling the US authorities to dismantle the Rukban refugee camp as soon as possible and erase the 55 kilometer area dubbed deconfliction zone around Al-Tanf," he concluded.

The Rukban refugee camp emerged on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after Jordan closed its border due to security concerns. The area, which is controlled by illegal armed gangs, is facing a severe humanitarian crisis.

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