Lebanese Police Organise Another Batch of Returnees to Syria

Published July 1st, 2018 - 12:05 GMT
Around 500 Syrian refugees left southern Lebanon. (AFP/ File photo)
Around 500 Syrian refugees left southern Lebanon. (AFP/ File photo)

A new group of Syrian refugees returned to their country on Sunday, in an operation organized by Lebanon's General Security and coordinated with Syrian authorities.

LBCI television said around 50 people returned to Syria's Moadamiyat al-Sham through the Masnaa border crossing.

They left in three buses brought from Syria in addition to a number of private cars.

Al-Jadeed TV said representatives of senior Syrian general Maher al-Assad, the U.N. and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent accompanied the refugees home.

Lebanon hosts just under one million registered refugees from the conflict in neighboring Syria, although authorities say the real number is much higher.

As some battlefronts in Syria's devastating seven-year war have quietened, Lebanese officials are ramping up demands that refugees go home.

On Thursday, several hundred Syrian refugees left the Lebanese border town of Arsal, returning to their hometowns around Damascus.

The operation was also coordinated between Lebanon's General Security and Syrian authorities.

Earlier this year, around 500 refugees also left southern Lebanon for Syria in a return organized by Beirut and Damascus.

Several thousand have independently left in recent years.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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