In order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in February 2019, the Syrian Government, with the assistance of Russia, decided to open two humanitarian corridors to ensure the access of internally displaced persons from the Rukban refugee camp to their chosen places of residence.
Border crossing points in Jleb and Al-Ghourab began operations.
According to the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Battling Parties and Monitoring of Refugee Movement, as of 22 September 2019, 17,934 people (5,125 women and 8,994 children) have left the Rukban camp since March 2019.
Currently, information is being actively disseminated on social networks accusing the Syrian authorities of failing to comply with security conditions for persons leaving the Rukban refugee camp.
The more active the actions of the UN, Syria and Russia to eliminate the Rukban camp, the more reports in social networks and media resources, denigrating their actions.
At the same time, such reports appear only on the opposition resources of Damascus. The authors of these articles are aimed at intimidating the residents of Rukban camp.
However, it is worth mentioning that the situation inside the camp remains extremely difficult. Many camp residents suffer from skin diseases, influenza, measles, tuberculosis, asthma and diabetes mellitus. Cases of cholera and leprosy had been noted.
Infants born in conditions of lack of necessary nutrition and medical care, unsanitary and infectious diseases have practically no chance to survive.
According to the relatives of the camp’s residents, most of the daily deaths in Rukban are children under the age of two.
To date, thousands of Rukban residents have left the camp and been accommodated in temporary accommodation centres in Homs and Hama provinces.
We remind that in order to accommodate and provide accommodation for the persons who left the camp Rukban, the Syrian government, together with UN organizations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, have deployed camps where free medical care, humanitarian aid and sanitary conditions for temporary migrants are provided.