Widespread public discontent prevails in al-Rukban camp over the distribution mechanism of humanitarian aid by the United Nations and the Syrian Red Crescent

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored a large public discontent within al-Rukban camp at the Iraqi – Syrian – Jordanian border triangle, due to the mechanism of distribution of the humanitarian aid by the United Nations and the Syrian Red Crescent, where reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the priority is for tribes and their families who participated earlier in Jlighem meeting with the regime forces about safe passages from the camp, not to mention the severe shortage of quotas that were supposed to meet the needs of the camp as a start, also the sources reported that the convoy of the United Nations and the Red Crescent is preparing to leave the camp due to the shortage of aid materials, where they were supposed to operate there for 15 days starting from the day they entered on the 5th of September 2019, where Syrian Observatory published back then that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a delegation of the United Nations and the Syrian Red Crescent of the regime; entered al-Rukban camp which is located at the far southeast of Syria at the triangle of the Iraqi – Syrian – Jordanian border, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the entry of the delegation came in order to register names of people who want to return to regime forces’-controlled areas, and to count what is left of people in al-Rukban camp.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 1st of August 2019 that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a new batch left the forgotten camp of al-Rukban, which is located in the far southeast of Syria at the Iraqi – Syrian – Jordanian border triangle, where about 200 people have gotten out among tens of families from the camp towards regime forces’-controlled areas yesterday, and they were transferred to shelters in Homs city, and sources of the Syrian Observatory reported that the exit of civilians has decreased recently; due to their fear of the practices of the regime forces and its intelligence when arriving in Homs city such as arrests and beating, while the camp is witnessing a tragic situation from the high price of daily needs -if any-, and the lack of medicine and treatment due to the siege of the regime forces on the forgotten camp, amid continuous shameful international silence.

And with the exit of more people, it rose to 17900 the number of people who left the forgotten camp since February 2019, after they had enough and risked their lives heading towards the unknown in regime forces’-controlled areas and the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 10th of February 2019 that the exit from the forgotten camp of al-Rokban continues which is located at the far southeast of Syria at the Iraqi – Syrian – Jordanian border triangle, after they have had enough with the humanitarian catastrophe and tragedy in the camp in this desert, where the Syrian Observatory learned that about 500 people left the camp a un Wednesday, the 10th of July 2019 on board of tens of cars and buses to regime forces’-controlled areas, through Jlighem crossing then to Homs city where the unknown, which they chose to live instead of the camp that lacks the slightest means of living under the siege from the regime forces, who aims through this besiege to force the citizens to get out of al-Rokban camp, amid the usual international silence towards the Syrian people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 25th of June 2019 that The human tragedy continues in al-Rokban camp at the far southeast of Syria, at the Iraqi – Syrian – Jordanian border triangle, this tragedy is manifested in the absence of all necessities of life under the suffocating siege imposed by the regime forces since early February 2019, local sources in the forgotten camp informed the Syrian Observatory that the flour which is a main ingredient for the food of the citizens has run out, where the backup stock of flour has run out in the camp the furnaces have closed; increasing the tragedy that more than 20000 citizen are living there, and it is not just the flour, where the prices of vegetables witness crazy rise at prices start from 800 SYP to 1000 pounds per kilogram, while the price of a liter of gasoline has reached 2500 SYP if any.

On the medical side, the camp lacks medicines in general which have not been interred for several months, while there are no special drugs such as those needed for diabetics, heart. and blood pressure, also the camp suffers from a shortage of antibiotics against the bites of scorpions and snakes which are found a lot in the camp, as well as a significant spread of various diseases like Jaundice and hepatitis, this comes within the framework of the systematic siege policy pursued by the regime forces with a shameful international silence; to push the citizens there to get out of the camp without any international consideration of the fate of those upon their arrival to regime forces’-controlled areas, and the fears that threaten their lives in once they become in the grip of the intelligence services of the Syrian regime, where about 17200 people had left the camp since February 2019, after they had enough and ventured their lives leaving towards the unknown in regime forces’-controlled areas and the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 25th of May 2019 that the displaced people of al-Rokban camp located at the Jordanian-Syrian-Iraqi border triangle at the far southeast of Syria, are living a continuous humanitarian tragedy as the international community is still silent about the suffering of tens of thousands of displaced people, who are trapped by the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them, through which the regime forces seek to force the displaced people to move out towards their controlled areas, where more than 7955 people have gotten out of the forgotten camp since February 2019 until mid-May 2019, and the camp is still witnessing shortages in food amid insane continues rise of prices against the backdrop of this siege, and the Syrian Observatory monitored that a dust storm hit the camp on Friday, increasing the tragedy of the displaced people there, where the international community moves no muscle to stop this worsening crisis, and the Syrian Observatory published on the second of May 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that thousands of people left al-Rokban camp yesterday in the largest batch to exit the forgotten camp at the far southeast of Syria, since the start of the exit operation in February 2019, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: at least 4000 people left al-Rokban camp which is located at the Jordanian – Syrian – Iraqi triangle border; towards regime forces’-controlled areas in Homs, where they were initially transported to Hisyah area of Homs, then to schools at the neighborhoods of al-Bayada, Deir Baalba, Baba Amr within Homs city, and sources of the Syrian Observatory reported that the security branches are keeping men and young people within schools as a forced residence and security measures, amid fear of being arrested and imprisoned or forced to join in their forces within the “mandatory and reserve services”, and with the exit of the larger batch it rose to more than 7100 people, the number of people who left the camp since February 2019.

The Syrian Observatory published on the 22nd of April 2019 that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a new batch had left the forgotten camp of al-Rokban, towards regime forces’-controlled areas, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: at least 1000 people left on Monday morning, the 22nd of April 2019, the forgotten camp of al-Rokban at the far southeast of Syria towards regime forces’-controlled areas, after being fed up with the suffering and the undergoing human tragedy in the forgotten camp, raising the number of people who have gotten out of the camp since last February 2019, to 3100 people, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that it is expected that a new batch of will exit tomorrow from al-Rukban camp, which is located at the Jordanian – Syrian – Iraqi border at the far southeast of Syria, as the tragic situation continues for the displaced people of the forgotten camp, while the Syrian Observatory published on the 10th of April 2019 that the exit process continues from the forgotten camp of al-Rokban, which is located in the far southeast of Syria at the Jordanian-Syrian-Iraqi triangle border, towards regime forces’-controlled areas, after the situation gotten very bad for people of the camp in the shadow of their continued tragedy, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the exit of at least 400 people from the camp today Wednesday, the 10th of April 2019, where the process of exit was carried out through the “reconciliation official” in al-Rokban (Mo’ayyad al-Ebayd), who is the godfather of the “settlements and reconciliation” there, thus, the number of people who have gotten out of the camp since last February 2019 rose to 2100 people, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 7th of April 2019 that the camp of al-Rokban for the displaced people which is located near the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi triangle border in the far southeast of the Syrian territory; is witnessing the continuation of the exit for hundreds of civilians towards regime forces’-controlled areas, where reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that it rose to about 1700, the number of people who have gotten out since February 2019, the most recently of which was the batch that came out during the past 24 hours with and included more than 650 people, but without having any guarantors for the return operation, where the exit process is carried out by paying up to 200000 Syrian pounds, it is paid by the family that wishes to get out to the car that will take them to regime forces’-controlled areas, and the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that they must pay a different amount of money within regime forces’-controlled areas; in return for a “settlement” procedure, where some families paid 50000 Syrian pounds and others payed 300000 Syrian pounds, after which they are transported to camps of the regime forces in Haysa, al-Oras and others, which are empty schools in which they stay for a period of time waiting the “necessary security investigations” to be carried out, and the sources told the Syrian Observatory that the factions controlling the camp do not mind and do not stand against anyone wants to leave the camp.

Reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that what drove hundreds of people to risk their lives and get out of the camp; towards regime forces’-controlled areas through “settling their situation” via personal mediation of godfathers in the area there, is the continued worsening of the tragic situation of tens of thousands of people living in this camp, where prices of food in the camp continue to rise amid the loss of children milk, as well as the lack of certain medicines needed in the camp, in addition to the continuation of closing the road to the camp by the regime forces, all these reasons in addition to the deaths in the camp due to lack of medical care and the scarcity of food and medicine, and the Syrian Observatory published few days ago that the ignored camp of al-Rokban which is located in the Syrian – Jordanian – Iraqi border triangle, in the far south-east of Syria, is witnessing continued tragic situations that affect tens of thousands of people who live in this camp, where prices of the foodstuffs that are sold in the camp are getting higher amid the lack of milk for babies and some of medicines that the camp’s inhabitants need, in addition to the continuation of the regime forces to block the way to the camp, all of these reasons in addition to the deaths witnessed in the camp due to the lack of medical care and the shortage of needed medicine and food, pushed hundreds of people to take the risk and leave the camp towards the controlled areas of the regime forces through having their situations settled through personal mediations by godfathers in the area there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained detailed information from local and civil sources in the camp about the settlements, where the sources informed the Syrian Observatory that the departure is carried out through individuals with no any guarantors, where the number of those who have left the camp since February 2019, reached about 700 persons the largest batch of them left last week, where it included 150 persons, while the departure is carried out through paying a sum of money reaches SYP 200,000, that each family wants to leave pay to the vehicle which take them to the controlled areas of the regime forces, and there, they have to pay another varied sum of money to the regime forces in return for conducting a “settlement”, where some families paid SYP 50,000 and other families paid multiple sums of money reached SYP 300,000, after that, the evacuees are taken to shelter camps belong to the regime forces in Hisyah, Al-Ours and others, in which these camps are abandoned schools where the evacuees stay for a period until the end of needed security questioning and investigations, the sources added to the SOHR that the factions that are in control of the camp do not obstruct or prevent anyone wants to get out of it from leaving, and in the same context, the Syrian Observatory learned that a newborn infant from Palmyra city died 2 days ago, due to the lack of health care and his family’s failure to provide milk, where it is aged only 15 days, the Syrian Observatory published on the 13th of February 2019, that it monitored the worsening of humanitarian situation of al-Rukban camp, near the Syrian – Jordanian – Iraqi border triangle in the far southeast of Syria, where civil sources from inside the camp confirmed that residents of the camp who are more than 60000 people; are suffering from difficult humanitarian situations despite the entry of a humanitarian aid convoy on the 6th of February 2019, but it is barely enough for a family of 5 people for a few days, bringing the tragedy back again in searching for the lowest necessities of life, in case other assistance delayed in entering the area, and this situations and fears come as the harsh winter continues, and the regime forces continue to closer the roads to the camp as well, which contributed to the increase in prices inside the camp, where the price of diesel fuel reached 600 SYP and the firewood reached 110 Syrian pounds, along with a significant increase in prices of the rest of the goods if they were available first, which increases the burden over the citizens in the absence of their purchasing power which worsens the situation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 6th of February 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the entry of a new convoy of humanitarian and relief aid to al-Rukban camp, which includes more than 60000 displaced people from various Syrian areas, and the Syrian Observatory learned that a convoy of about 140 trucks carrying food, medical, and logistic assistance accompanied by medical crews, also the convoy was accompanied by for the second time by Russian vehicles, amid land and air protection from the Russian Forces until the convoy arrived in the camp, which is located in the Syrian desert near the Syrian-Jordanian border, where the aid is being unloaded to start distributing it in the area, where it will be distributed within certain sectors, and the Observatory Syrian published on the 3rd of November 2018, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 3rd of November 2018 that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored a convoy of UN humanitarian aid heading to al-Rokban camp, which is located at the Syrian-Jordanian border near the base of the International Coalition, where the Syrian Observatory monitored the arrival of shipments of aid aboard a convoy to the camp area, which suffers from tragic humanitarian conditions, shortages of medicines, food, and lack of health care, after the interruption of aid as a result of closing the roads to the camp, were through these routes the humanitarian aid and foodstuffs used to arrive, and reliable sources confirmed that the aid had not entered the camp since April 2017, while several aid coming from Jordan were distributed during the past months.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 15th of January 2019 that tragedy is still raging in Rokban camp in the far southeast of Syria on the Syrian – Jordanian border, and the deteriorating situation continues to decline even more for its inhabitants, who fled the hell of war to be absorbed by harshness of the desert, increasing their suffering, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the continued difficult living conditions, where the residents confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that this deterioration comes as a result of the rise of food prices in the camp and the difficulty of obtaining them in addition to the difficulty of the arriving to the camp, as a result of the weather and as a result of the clamp down by the regime which is preventing the arrival of food to the camp area, the Syrian Observatory also monitored the resentment of the people due to the poor medical situation, where there is no medical equipment or adequate medicines to treat the people, and Jordan prevents residents of the camp from moving to its territory for treatment, and in the middle of all this tragedy, the death found its way again to the souls of the Syrians, to be taken in a way that hundreds of Syrians have been killed with in the past years, in the capital Damascus, Rif Dimashq, and other Syrian areas, where the Syrian Observatory documented the deaths of 10 citizens since October 2018, including 4 children and 2 women, 3 of them have died since the aid arrived in early November including two children, amid information about the death of other people in different circumstances, but the Syrian Observatory was unable to document them in al-Rokban camp, which includes more than 60000 displaced people.

The , while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 24th of December 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources that the forces of Maghawir al-Thawra operating in al-Tanf area and supported by the International Coalition, are preparing to be transferred to the Syrian north, along with civilians and fighters who rejected the “reconciliation and settlement with the regime”, the intersected sources confirmed for the Syrian Observatory that preparations are underway to transfer thousands towards the Syrian north, and the reasons for the transfer from the area is that the information the factions received, where these factions are supported by the International Coalition and located in al-Tanf area on the Syrian-Iraqi border, within the Syrian desert and in the Rokban camp for the displaced people which includes more than 60 thousand displaced people, these factions were informed to prepare to be transferred to the Syrian north, because of the intention of the United States of America to withdraw its forces from the area and east of Euphrates, following the decision of the US President to withdraw his forces of the Syrian territory.

This decision ignited the resentment in al-Rokban camp and the areas that are under the protection of the International Coalition within the Syrian desert, where the residents expressed their resentment and condemnation of the decision of the US President to withdraw, leaving them to face the fate of tens of thousands of Syrians who were killed either by bombing or under torture or by other means, after the regime forces took control of their areas, and the residents of al-Rokban camp for the displaced people hold the United States, its president, and forces responsible for their lives, if they were put at risk of being killed and detained by the regime forces, their allies, and the Russians, where those in charge of al-Rokban camp announced that they prepare for a sit-in tomorrow and that they will go towards al-Tanf base; to demand the International Coalition officials to find radical solutions for them, along with their complete rejection for carrying out “reconciliations and settlements” with the regime forces, and the Syrian Observatory published in the past 48 hours that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that factions of Ahmad al-‘Abdu and Jaysh al-Maghawir; which operate in the Syrian Desert in al-Rokban camp at the Syrian-Jordanian border, carried out a raid and arrested people on the outskirts of al-Rokban camp, where they arrested 16 people of the sleeper cells of the “Islamic State” organization, where the group used to enter and exit al-Rokban camp from time to time, and the Syrian Observatory published 2 days ago that the sleeper cells of different parties, notably the “Islamic State” organization, continue to operate within areas that used to be under their control, or in areas where there are displaced people used to be in its controlled areas earlier, of who were driven by circumstances to seek shelter and a safe place to live away of killing or death, but the cells operating in different areas of the Syrian territory are still seeking more chaos, instability, and to shed more blood of which hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been poured on the Syrian soil by all parties, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor the activity of more cells, this time, near International Coalition base in al-Tanf area in the Syrian desert, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received a copy of a statement issued by the office of the security Forces of Ahmad al-Abdu who are located in al-Rokban camp area near la-Tanf base and the Syrian – Jordanian border.

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