Lavrov claims US, militants blocking refugees from exiting Rukban camp

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Earlier, the Syrian government and Russian military accused US forces and “illegal militant groups” under their control of forcibly keeping women and children in the camp, situated in southern Syria on the war-torn country’s border with Jordan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has blasted the US’ inaction on the Rukban refugee camp, reiterating Moscow’s long-standing concerns about the fate of refugees in the US-controlled territory. “It’s long past time to withdraw the refugees from the Rukban camp,” Lavrov said, speaking to reporters following his meeting with Omani Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Moscow on Monday. “We, along with the Syrian government, are calling for this to take place. But the United States and the extremists under their control who control this camp prohibit people from leaving,” Lavrov added. The diplomat expressed hope that representatives of the United Nations, who recently accompanied a second humanitarian relief convoy to…

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