The US military forces at Syria's At-Tanf base, blocked evacuation of 42,000 Syrian refugees from the Rukban camp, which located in the US- occupied zone near Syria –Jordan border, Russian Defense Ministry declared.

Iran Press/Middle East: "The US side has rejected the demand of the joint Russia-Syria coordination center on refugee repatriation to allow the transport convoys enter the territory of the At-Tanf zone", Russian Defense Ministry Center for Syrian Reconciliation head, Lt. Gen. Sergei Solomatin, said at a news briefing on Saturday.

The Rukban camp, houses about 42,000 displaced Syrian refugee from 2014, located in the southern part of Syria in the US-controlled zone, Russian outlet Sputnik reported.

The most refugees in Rukban camp lived in western Homs province when forced to leave their homes. Homs freed from terrorist by Syrian army last year.

Syrian Refugee in refugees in Rukban Camp

Alexander Marchenko, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in syria, said Friday that Washington are delaying the relocation of refugees from the Rukban camp for organize further existence of the camp as a pretext for military presence in vital region bordering Syria, Jordan and Iraq.

While US Department of State accuses Russia for lack of coordination in refugees evacuation,The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation says all information on the evacuation has been communicated to UN Refugee Agency’s envoy to Syria, Ayaki Ito.

Rukban camp

In February, a joint UN and Red Crescent survey revealed that 85 percent of refugees in Rukban would like to return home.

In January, the World Health Organization (WHO) described those residing in the camp as "trapped," adding that they live "in deplorable conditions." Limited water supply, bitterly cold weather and poorly functioning health care facilities contribute to the rise of diseases, including influenza, measles, tuberculosis and chronic respiratory diseases.


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