Syrian refugee Durzi Diana al-Ali, who managed to leave the al-Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border with his family, said that the militants were demanding money from its residents to allow them to go.
“When President (of Syria Bashar) al-Assad ordered the creation of a corridor to Syria, we immediately left. Instead, when they were able to collect the money that the militants demanded the exit – 60 thousand [Syrian] pounds (about $ 48 at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Syria) for each person from our family. We were then met and helped to settle in Syria. We returned to Tadmor, ” al-Ali told reporters.
He added that conditions in Rukban are difficult for refugees, and residents would like to leave it. “We fled to the al-Rukban camp when Palmyra was captured by members of the Islamic State terrorist group. The standard of living there was simply terrible, and they survived only through humanitarian aid. We lived in a tent, and the rainy season, it was tough. We have been there for almost three years,” he said.
The al-Rukban camp sprang up on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after Amman closed the border due to security concerns. The surrounding area is controlled by illegal armed groups, which has created a severe humanitarian situation in the camp.
Thanks to the efforts of Moscow and Damascus, the situation in the camp, located on the territory of the US-occupied Al-Tanf zone, last year managed to move from the dead point and withdraw more than 19 thousand refugees. However, regional UN structures are delaying the implementation of the plan to evacuate the remaining residents of Rukban under various pretexts.