Al-Rukban camp | Poor living conditions force more families to head to regime-held areas, despite arbitrary arrests and killings by regime • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Al-Rukban camp | Poor living conditions force more families to head to regime-held areas, despite arbitrary arrests and killings by regime

SOHR sources have reported the departure of three families from Homs from Al-Rukban camp on the Jordan-Syria-Iraq border triangle in the Syrian desert to regime-controlled areas in Homs province, although there are no guarantees ensuring that they will not be arrested or punished by regime security services.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, two civilians who recently left the camp were tortured to death by regime guards in “Military Intelligence branch” in Palmyra city in January.

On January 17, SOHR activists documented the death of a civilian from Homs province under torture in “Military Intelligence” brunch in the Syrian desert.

According to the Syrian Observatory, the victim and his family had left Al-Rukban camp and headed to the areas controlled by the regime in Homs province nearly 20 days ago.

Military intelligence summoned the man who was in a school that served as a shelter for those leaving Al-Rukban camp in Homs.

Days after his summons, his family was informed of his death in the military intelligence branch in Palmyra, and they received his body from Homs military hospital.

On January 16, SOHR activists reported that amid the tragedy of 11,000 Syrian civilians in Al-Rukban camp “forgotten” in barren desert, a displaced inhabitant in the camp, originally from Homs province, had suffered heart infarction, according to the nurses in the camp who gave him some medicine.

However, the man’s health conditions worsened, and he had to be transferred to a hospital. When, the Red Crescent car tried to get him out of the camp, Al-Musalas checkpoint refused to let the car pass and asked the patient to walk to the “military intelligence service” of the Syrian desert, which is located in Palmyra city in east Homs. The man was killed in the security service headquarters, while his brother was notified to receive the body and bury it.

It is worth noting that living conditions of displaced people in Al-Rukban camp have been worsened, due to the poor living conditions in the camp that is suffering from inhumane conditions in light of the suspension of assistance provided by humanitarian organizations, the high cost of living, and the lack of job opportunities. These factors have led to turning the camp into a “large prison” in the Syrian desert

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