Hundreds of Refugees in Lebanon Prepare For Return to Syria

Published September 17th, 2018 - 08:11 GMT
Syrian refugees (Twitter)
Syrian refugees (Twitter)

Hundreds of refugees gathered in Beirut, Tyre, Burj Hammoud and Nabatieh Monday morning in the latest return initiative organized by Lebanon’s General Security, in cooperation with the Syrian government.

According to the state-fun National News Agency, more than 200 refugees, the majority of whom will head to Syria’s Aleppo, gathered at Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut's Al-Tariq al-Jadideh neighborhood. The refugees will be transported on six buses through the Masnaa border crossing, under the supervision of Laura Almirall, the head of the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR’s Mount Lebanon Field Office.

In Tyre, another 110 refugees assembled, starting at 6:30 a.m., for their return, under the supervision of General Security and with support from the Lebanese Army, a separate report from the NNA said.

 

A third group gathered in Burj Hammoud, to be picked up by General Security buses at 10 a.m.

A final group of roughly 50 refugees, the majority of them women and children, was reportedly waiting in Nabatieh for buses provided by the Syrian government to arrive so that they could begin their return.

General Security has so far facilitated the return of thousands of refugees to their home country in coordination with the Syrian government, which usually provides buses for the journey.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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