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Syrians stranded near Jordan border await aid corridor

Syrian refugee patients from the makeshift Rukban camp, which lies in no-man's-land off the border between Syria and Jordan in the remote northeast, cross over to visit a UN-operated medical clinic immediately on the Jordanian-side for checkups, on March 1, 2017. [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images]
Refugees at a makeshift camp between Syria and Jordan on 1 March 2017 [KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images]

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to face harsh living conditions at the Al-Rukban camp near the Syria-Jordan border despite Russian attempts to set up "humanitarian corridors" through the region, local sources said Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to witnesses, roughly 60,000 Syrian refugees are subject to inhumane conditions at the camp, where their lives remain under constant threat by Assad regime forces.

Earlier Tuesday, Russian officials said that two "humanitarian corridors" would be opened to assist struggling camp residents.

Located in the desert region near the Syria-Jordan border, the Al-Rukban camp is currently home to an estimated 60,000 Syrian refugees.

The UK-based Syrian Network for Human Rights has recently reported a growing number of fatalities at the camp due to starvation, disease and a chronic lack of humanitarian supplies.

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