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Syrian Activists Call for Helping Refugees at Rukban Camp

Syrian Activists Call for Helping Refugees at Rukban Camp

Thursday, 4 August, 2022 - 06:15
A photo circulated by activists on the social media of Al-Rukban camp.

Syrian humanitarian bodies and activists appealed Wednesday to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office in Amman, the Jordanian government and international relief organizations to urgently move to deliver drinking water to Al-Rukban camp, located on the Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi borders.

The “Save Al-Rukban Camp” hashtag went viral on social media amid the poor conditions of thousands of camp residents.

Also, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) condemned the increasing pressure on the camp’s residents to push them toward the Syrian regime’s territory.

In a statement, SNHR called on the international community to move to save their lives, including returning the drinking water supply to the previous level and continuing to deliver it.

Al-Rukban camp hosts 7,500 residents suffering from reduced drinking water to almost half. The water was coming across the Jordanian borders and was supported by UNICEF.

SNHR said the situation will worsen as the heat increases in July and August to levels that threaten the lives of the camp residents, especially women and children.

Also, a number of Syrian figures urged Jordanian King Abdullah II to intervene and support the camp’s residents after the situation there became life-threatening.

“Over the past few years, we witnessed many residents being forced to exit the camp towards the Syrian regime territory, despite the possibility of suffering great violations, including arbitrary arrest, forced disappearance, torture, and forced recruitment,” the Network said, adding that it documented many violations of that kind against returnees.

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