More than 600 Syrian refugees are set to return from the Lebanese Chebaa region to their homes in the Syrian town of Beit Jinn in the Western Ghouta region, the Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported on March 30.
The news agency said that the date of the refugees’ return will be determined by the Syrian and Lebanese authorities withing the upcoming 48 hours. Once the date is set, the two countries’ security forces will manage the return process, according to NNA.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) cleared the Western Ghouta region, including Beit Jinn, on January 2 after a successful military operation against militants in the area. Back then, Syrian pro-government sources said that the SAA will allow the refugees to return to their towns in the region and will offer a reconciliation deal to any wanted persons among them.
Thousands of displaced Syrians from the governorates of Homs, Damascus and Quneitra have been settled in the Lebanese Chebaa region since 2011. Over the last two years, these refugees have started returning to Syria as the security improved in their governorates.
Syrian pro-government activists argue that most of the Syrian refugees in eastern Lebanon are willing to return to their country. However, the lack of cooperation from the Lebanese government is hindering their return according to the activists.