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The US blocks humanitarian aid in Syria

Summary of Disinformation

The United States is creating an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis in the Rukban refugee camp, which is located near the coalition military base in al-Tanf.


No evidence to suggest that the US would be blocking humanitarian aid.

Polygraph.info obtained from a trusted source a detailed “Inter-agency Operational Plan for delivery of a humanitarian aid to Rukban camp,” which was developed earlier this month by the United Nations, Red Cross, World Health Organization and other actors. According to the document, the Rukban crisis did not start after the U.S.-led coalition established a military base, but has been ongoing since the spontaneous formation of the camp in 2014, after Jordan enforced “stricter admission management into its territory.” According to the document, the delivery of humanitarian aid to a distribution warehouse near the Rukban camp “requires a safe passage guarantee by the governments of Syria, the Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan.”This contradicts Russia’s claims that the U.S. is solely responsible for the crisis, and shows that the cooperation of all parties is necessary for the aid plan to work.

The press desk of the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the joint task force established by the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State, told Polygraph.info via email: “Throughout the conflict in Syria, the Coalition has provided extensive operational support to U.N. agencies operating in Rukban. The Coalition has repeatedly advised the Russians over the past several months that the Coalition is prepared and poised to help facilitate the movement of humanitarian aid to Rukban, but the Syrian regime has consistently, intentionally prevented those efforts.”

Russia’s accusations regarding Rukban camp are “absurd” and “completely false,” the CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve press desk said, adding that “the Coalition is comprised of 70 nations and four non-state organizations, with no one country in charge.” Read the full debunk at Polygraph.info www.polygraph.info/a/us-tanf-syria-russia-rukban/28886915.html, .

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Reported in: Issue 90
Date: 27.11.2017
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, US, Syria
Keywords: Military, Human rights, Syrian War
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Russian Minister of Defence in TASS
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