Al-Rukban camp | Ninth family flees dire living conditions for regime-held areas in Homs since early May • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Al-Rukban camp | Ninth family flees dire living conditions for regime-held areas in Homs since early May

SOHR activists 55-kilometre zone in Al-Rukban camp in the Syrian desert on Syria’s eastern border with Iraq and Jordan have reported that two families from Muhin town in Homs countryside fled the dire living conditions in the camp this morning and headed to areas controlled by regime in Homs, bringing the number of families who have left Al-Rukban camp since early May to nine families.

On May 8, SOHR activists reported that checkpoints of the regime and their loyal militias deployed in the vicinity of Al-Rukban camp “Al-Mansy” “the forgotten” in the Syrian desert in the 55-kilometre zone at the eastern borders of Syria with Iraq and Jordan, prevented the entry of nutrition completely to the camp from five days ago, leading to the lack of most essential food products from markets and lack of flour from the only bakery in the camp, where the manager of the bakery announced that they had enough flour for two more days.

Checkpoints of the regime had prevented the entry of nutrition products to Al-Rukban camp during the second and third months of 2022 and imposed large royalties on merchants’ vehicles, leading to the raise of prices of nutrition products inside the camp, which turned into a large “prison.”

These events coincided with deportation campaigns of families from Al-Rukban camp, which escalated recently due to the deteriorating living conditions in the camp that suffers harsh humanitarian conditions with ignorance of organizations, in addition to the increase of prices of essential products due to the royalties imposed by regime checkpoints on nutrition vehicles entering the camp, and lack of job opportunities inside the camp.

It is worth noting that the cases of inhabitants leaving Al-Rukban camp escalated recently over the dreadful living conditions in the camp in light of the suspension of assistance provided by humanitarian organisations. In addition, the prices of basic products have reached levels unaffordable by the many because of levies imposed by regime checkpoints on trucks transporting food to the camp, as well as the lack of job opportunities. All these factors have turned the camp, which hosts nearly 8,500 displaced Syrian people from various provinces, into a “large prison” in the Syrian desert.

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