Established by Fathi Ibrahim Bayoud 2005 - Homs

UN completes food distribution in remote Rukban camp near Jordan

Syrian Refugees | 2018-11-07 10:46:00
UN completes food distribution in remote Rukban camp near Jordan
The United Nations has finished distribution of aid to thousands of Syrians, mostly women and children, stranded in the desert close to the border with Jordan, an aid official said Wednesday.

A U.N-led convoy of more than 70 trucks arrived Saturday under Russian army protection after months of delay in the first such first aid delivery from inside Syria to the rebel-held camp that has over 50,000 people.

"We finished distribution of all items, food, sanitation and hygiene supplies and core relief items," Fadwa Abed Rabou Baroud, a U.N official with the convoy told Reuters.

"The overall humanitarian situation in Rukban camp remains dire, with shortages of basic commodities, protection concerns, and the death of several children who reportedly were unable to get medical treatment," Baroud said.

The assistance would only provide short respite and without regular and uninterrupted access, the plight of desperate residents in harshest desert conditions would only further deteriorate as winter cold sets in, the U.N official added.

The U.N. team will complete a vaccination campaign against measles, polio and other diseases to protect some 10,000 vulnerable children in the camp before it departs, Baroud said. The U.S. State Department welcomed the aid to the camp, located close to the Tanf U.S. military base in the desert near where the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq converge.

The camp is within a "deconfliction zone" set up by U.S. forces. Damascus says U.S. troops are occupying Syrian territory and providing a safe haven for rebels.

Washington said it hoped Moscow would continue to put pressure on the Syrian government to comply with U.N. resolutions on allowing humanitarian access across frontlines.

The camp was last month besieged on the Syrian side of the border by the Syrian army, preventing smugglers and traders from delivering food.

In the last three years, tens of thousands of people have fled to the camp from Daesh (ISIS)-held parts of Syria being targeted by Russian and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

Reuters
Comments (0)

Post Your Comments

fill all fields below
*This confirmation code will prevent auto submit
X :Latest News
Nearly 5,000 flee last Dash enclave in eastern Syria: monitor      EU Tells Member States Not to Go Soft on U.K. in No-Deal Plans      Police station attacked, cars torched in Portugal protests      Newark Among Airports With Longest MLK Wait Times Amid Shutdown      Amman steps up diplomatic representation in Syria      US vice president to Venezuelan opposition: 'We are with you'      Trump vows no surrender on 32nd day of government shutdown      Iran deplores "unjustifiable" German banning of Mahan Air