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The handout photo released by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent on November 5, 2018, shows displaced Syrians receiving vaccinations at the Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border. (Via AFP) The handout photo released by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent on November 5, 2018, shows displaced Syrians receiving vaccinations at the Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border. (Via AFP)

A Russian Defence Ministry official says the US is to be held responsible for the dire humanitarian situation in Syria’s Rukban camp, warning that about 6,000 US-backed militants are currently residing besides civilian refugees at the shelter.

Yury Tarasov, the Russian representative to the Geneva-based task forces on ceasefire and humanitarian issues, made the remarks at a Friday conference about issues relating to the return of Syrian refugees.

He said Washington had occupied a region on the Syrian-Jordanian border where the refugee camp was situated.

The camp lies within a 55-kilometer zone controlled by the US around its military base in the Syrian town of At-Tanf.

“The whole responsibility for the outrageous situation in Rukban rests with the United States, as it occupies the territory illegally and it uses the humanitarian problems of the refugee…

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