Over 1,300 refugees leave Syria’s Rukban camp in past day

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MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. More than 1,300 refugees have left the Syrian refugee camp Rukban, located within the US-controlled area, via the safe exit, Major General Viktor Kupchishin, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said.

“During the day, as many as 1,358 refugees managed to leave the Rukban camp via the humanitarian corridor. In all, a total of 3,642 people have left the Rukban camp for the territory controlled by the Syrian authorities since February 19, 2019,” he said.

The Rukban camp is located in the Al-Tanf security zone, where the US military base is deployed.

Apart from that, numerous ceasefire violations by militants acting in the Idlib de-escalation zone were reported from settlements in three Syrian governorates. “Throughout the day, militants shelled the settlements of Achan and Mgayr in the Hama governorate, Ruseit Iskander (thrice) in the Latakia governorate, and Tel Hamra and al-Amaraz in the Aleppo governorate,” he reported.

The Russian reconciliation center continues to fulfill assigned tasks after the completion of the military campaign in Syria. The center’s officers regularly travel around the country’s liberated areas to assess the humanitarian situation. The main efforts of the Russian military are now focused on assistance to the refugees returning to their homes and evacuation of civilians from de-escalation zones.

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