Lebanon: media, some 1,000 Syrian refugees return home

From crossings of Dabbusiye, Zamarani, Jdeidet Yabus

06 December, 12:06

    Group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon return home Group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon return home

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, DECEMBER 6 - Some 1,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon returned Thursday to Syria, according to reports published by Lebanese news agency Nna and Syria's government agency Sana.

    The sources said that some 1,000 Syrian civilians, who were ''hosted'' in Lebanon when the war started in Syria in 2011, went back through the crossings of Dabbusiye, Zamarani and Jdeidet Yabus. Since 2011, some 1,000 Syrian refugees were registered by the UN in Lebanon, a country with a population of a little less than four million residents.

    Lebanese authorities have for years said that the Syrian ''temporary guests'' were the main cause of the socio-economic crisis and an increase in crime rates.

    For the past six months, the Lebanese and Syrian governments, which have traditionally had more than cordial relations, agreed on a plan for the gradual return of Syrian refugees, with the support of Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian militia allied to the Syrian regime and an integral part of Lebanese institutions.

    From June until today, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have returned to Syria. According to the UN there are still over 950,000 residing in Lebanon. (ANSAmed)

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