Rukban refugees camp must be closed down and its residents urgently evacuated

The problem of the refugee camp Rukban in Syria can be resolved only in one way – the camp must be closed down and its residents urgently evacuated, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told the media when asked for a comment on the state of affairs inside and around the camp in southern Syria.

“The problem of Rukban needs urgent solution. It can be resolved only by means of disbanding it and evacuating all residents. All conditions for that are in place,” Antonov said.

He dismissed the claims the Syrian authorities were allegedly unprepared to accommodate the refugees and provide the necessary conditions for them.

Rukban emerged on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after Amman closed the border due to security and economic concerns. The area is under the control of illegal armed groups. The humanitarian situation in the camp is grave.