The US regime has weaponized the Corona-virus pandemic to blast Damascus’ peace efforts and to supply its proxy armed terrorist groups with UN aid, instead of helping refugees, the Russian and Syrian militaries say.
The US continues to cynically exploit the global problem [of Covid-19] to discredit the Syrian government by launching a propaganda campaign about its inability to effectively combat the spread of the Corona-virus in the country.
The officials pointed out that so far only 19 people have tested positive for the Corona-virus in the government-controlled areas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier this month that it is “working closely” with Syria’s Health Ministry to enhance the nation’s preparedness and response to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Mizintsev and Makhlouf accused the USA of pinning “the responsibility for the worsening of the epidemiological situation in places like the Rukban and al-Hol refugee camps” on Damascus.
The Rukban camp is located in Syria’s southeast near the US al-Tanf military base and the Syrian-Jordanian border and is used to train terrorists that are paid to kill Assad.
The camp lies within the 55 km (34 miles) ‘de-confliction zone’ set up by American troops. Al-Hol is in the far northeastern part of the country, bordering Iraq, in the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The chiefs of Russia’s and Syria’s HQ’s working on the return of the refugees argued that, according to international humanitarian law, the USA is “fully responsible” for aiding the refugees on the territory it controls.
Citing testimonies of the refugees coming from the al-Tanf zone, the Russian and Syrian officials said that people in Rukban “have practically no chance of survival should an epidemic start, because the medical aid stations are closed, and there are no drugs and qualified doctors.
Russia and Syria have repeatedly urged Rukban to be evacuated, and the UN expressed readiness to facilitate the process. However, as the statement points, Washington has failed to cooperate with the efforts to get the refugees out of the camp and has effectively disrupted the evacuation process.
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic described Rukban as “a no man’s land,” where “even the most basic healthcare does not exist and overall health conditions are catastrophic.”
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.