Approximately 200 Syrian refugees return from Turkey
Syrian refugees wait behind a fence prior to go back to the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad at the Turkish border post of Akcakale, the province of Sanliurfa, on June 17, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
The first group of Syrian refugees has returned from Turkey to their homes in the border town of Tal Abyad, which was recently retaken from Daesh.
Nearly 200 men, women and children on Wednesday entered Syria after passing the Turkish border post at Akcakale in Sanlıurfa Province.
The Syrian refugees said they prefer going back home to remaining refugees in another country.
“It’s not so good here... It’s not like home. We want to spend our holy Ramadan in our homeland. We have been looking forward to it,” said Mahmoud, a farmer, referring to the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which is due to begin this week.
Fahriye, a 40-year-old housewife, also said she is returning home despite fears over the US-led coalition bombings and possible Daesh attacks to once again take over Tal Abyad.
“I’m returning, I left my husband there. But I’m still very afraid of the bombs, how would someone not be afraid of bombs?” she said.
Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and their allies managed to recapture the strategic town on Tuesday after several days of fighting against Daesh. The clashes have forced over 23,000 people from their homes.
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