The Refugees of Al Rukban camp are living between the terror and intimidation of the militants and the expected salvation by the Syrian State.

The problem of Camp Rukban has remained unresolved for a long time. The camp continues to be in a state of disrepair for its thousands of residents. In early September, before the arrival of humanitarian aid to the camp, a mission of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) was sent to meet with the elders of the camp. According to the elders, at least 13,869 refugees remain in Rukban, more than half of whom would like to go to Syrian-controlled territory. In order to understand the horror of the Rukban camp, it is necessary to know that the entire camp is divided into zones and clans, depending on the degree of loyalty to the militants in control of the camp. In addition, the camp has a police regime and its own prison. The humanitarian aid is distributed according to the residual principle, the militants take most of the aid, and the rest is distributed according to the degree of your obedience to the regime of the militants. Primary health care is provided by Jordanian volunteers, and the pharmacy operates on a commercial basis. Life in the camp has received positive coverage, with social media and resources allegedly containing false information on behalf of the people of Rukban.

For this purpose, a media group has been set up comprising 10 representatives of the media wing in opposition to Damascus, most of whom reside permanently in Jordan.

In addition, the residents of Rukban are being intimidated by the Syrian Government’s imprisonment of those who left the Rukban camp, which is, of course, a clear lie.

Thus, the UN officials carried out a preliminary inspection, which revealed that nothing had happened to the refugees who had left for the Syria from the Rukban camp, the vast majority of whom had arrived in their former places of residence or in the south, mainly in Homs, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor and other areas.

As of November 2019, only 300 people remained in detention centres for Rukban residents (Al-Bara bin Malik, Mahattat Madrassah, Mahmoud Uthman and Abdurrahman Shatur, located in Mhina district of Homs province), either undergoing inspection by Muhabarat or wishing to change the address of a future settlement in the Syria.

It is important to understand that Mukhabarat receives lists of those who wish to leave in advance and tells him who will be checked, i.e. the exact number of those who wish to leave.

 

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