Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-25 17:18:30|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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Syrian refugees wait inside a bus after arriving at the Syrian border in the countryside of Damascus, capital of Syria, on Oct. 25, 2018. Hundreds of Syrian refugees returned home from Lebanon on Thursday, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. (Xinhua/Ammar Safarjalani)

BEIRUT, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Syrian refugees returned home from Lebanon on Thursday under the supervision of the Lebanese General Security, National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Refugees from Shabaa, Arqoub, Saida and Akkar gathered at meeting points, where buses transported them along with their furniture and personal belongings, according to NNA.

"Refugees thanked the Lebanese General Security for its efforts in facilitating their voluntary return to their country," report said.

More than 1 million Syrian refugees are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon, while the government estimates the true number of Syrians in the country at 1.5 million.

To facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland, Russia drafted a strategy, which aims at securing the return of 890,000 refugees to Syria, and presented it to the Lebanese authorities.

Ola Boutros, advisor to the foreign affairs minister, said on Thursday that the Lebanese-Russian joint committee has been working hard to remove obstacles for refugees to return home.

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