Refugees strike in US-controlled Rukban camp

Residents of a refugee camp in the US-occupied Rukban Desert have announced a sit-in. The protesters are demanding improved living conditions, the beginning of the repatriation process, as well as the inclusion of the camp in the UN list for receiving humanitarian aid.

Al Rukban is a Syrian refugee camp in the US-controlled region of Syria, adjacent to Jordan’s northeastern border. The camp was established on the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014 after the Jordanian authorities closed the border for security reasons. The camp area is located within the 55-km “security zone” of the US base at Al-Tanf, and the camp itself is controlled by anti-government militias, which has led to a dire humanitarian situation.