UN aid to refugee camp on Syria-Jordan border may be used for arms transfers - Watchdog

"Weapons, ammunition and missiles were delivered through Turkey to [Syria's] Idlib along with the humanitarian aid"
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 20:48

The UN humanitarian aid delivered through Jordan to the al-Rukban refugee camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border might be used to transport weapons to terrorists operating in the area, Ahmad Hazem, the head of Syria’s Council of Human Rights, told Sputnik.

On Sunday, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced that Amman approved UN humanitarian aid deliveries that would be transported through its territory to al-Rukban camp.

"Weapons, ammunition and missiles were delivered through Turkey to [Syria's] Idlib along with the humanitarian aid ... We are afraid that such a situation may repeat in the al-Rukban refugee camp on the Jordanian border," Hazem said.

Hazem added that the council welcomed any initiative to assist the Syrian refugees, and that the possible misuse of humanitarian convoys by terrorists should be prevented. The militants which control the camp do not allow the refugees to leave and urge the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilians, he added.

"The UN humanitarian aid may be delivered under this pretext, but the weapons and all the necessary things for the militants may be brought as well. It can be carried out in cooperation with the militants and the United States, which had occupied this territory," Hazem said.

Al-Rukban refugee camp is located in Syria's Homs province some 11 miles south of the at-Tanf settlement and inside the US-controlled zone of the Syrian-Jordanian border. In early November, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria accused the United States of establishing a training camp near al-Rukban refugee camp to forge a new "moderate opposition" out of various militia groups.