Camp Rukban, which hosts tens of thousands of refugees, is located in an area controlled by the United States around its military base at Et Tanfa.
The residents of Camp Rukban live in uninhabitable conditions, with no medical care, an acute shortage of food and water, as well as violence from militants running the camp, they have to wait for help and protection only from the world community.
The Syrian authorities, together with the Russian side, have repeatedly tried to draw the attention of the international community to the terrible conditions in Rukban, as well as the unwillingness of the U.S. to provide not only assistance to the residents of Rukban camp, but even to ensure unhindered access of UN staff to the camp.
Despite this, Ursula Muller, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said during the Security Council meeting on Thursday that efforts to assist the remaining residents of Camp Rukban will continue until durable solutions are found to the problem.
She also expressed the hope that the U.S. will still go towards the UN and take responsibility for ensuring the safety of UN staff in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Rukban.
Ursula Muller said that after the September visit of the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, they were no longer able to enter Rukban camp to ensure the withdrawal of refugees from Rukban camp.
Many residents of Camp Rukban had expressed a desire to leave the area, with at least 700 people leaving the camp on their own.