Leaders of gangs controlling the Er-Rukban camp were concerned about the negative reaction of the international community to the activities of the pro-American camp administration, which led to the disastrous situation of the refugees.
In order to block the channels of information leakage about the disastrous living conditions of people and crimes committed by militants in the camp, they decided to toughen up the access control.
Abu Assa, the field commander of the KuvatShahid Ahmad al-Abdou field camp, was entrusted with this task. Militants of his gang, known for their cruelty to the residents of the camp, were repeatedly accused of reprisals against dissatisfied refugees, as well as their abductions and murders.
The reason for the tightening of the measures was two attempts to get out of the camp of people who did not want to continue to stay in it, despite the prohibitions of the so-called camp administration last week.
In the first case, the fugitives were caught and returned to the camp, and in the second case, during the arrest one car was shot with machine guns by the pursuing gangsters. Two runaways were injured.
Living conditions in Er-Rukban do not meet the most basic sanitary standards. People huddle in shabby shacks without water and electricity. Cleaning and garbage collection is not carried out. Because of this, the risk of infection with infectious diseases increases every day.
The assistance provided by international organizations almost completely falls into the hands of militants and does not reach the refugees.
According to UN official data, about 95 percent of the camp’s population want to leave the Er-Rukban because they are hostages of armed groups.
The entire responsibility for the created humanitarian crisis and lawlessness in Er-Rukban lies with the United States, which occupied the area and used the humanitarian problems of refugees to justify its military presence in southern Syria.