On July 28, Hundreds of Syrian Refugees returned from the southern Lebanese region of Arkoub to their homes in the Syrian towns of Beit Jinn and al-Zabadani south and west of the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
A source familiar with the situation told the Russian news outlet Sputnik that around 1,000 Syrian refugees went back through the Jdeidat Yabous border crossing in southwestern Syria. The Damascus government provided dozens of buses to transport the refugees back to their homes.
According to the France-Press Agency (AFP), the head of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate Major General Abbas Ibrahim called on Syrian refugees to come to the directorate’s offices to register their names in order to return to Syria. Maj. Gen. Abbas expected that thousands of refugees will return through this process.
During the last two months, thousands of Syrian refugees returned from refugee camps near the Lebanese town of Arsal to their homes in the Syrian region of Qalamun under a similar agreement.
Recently, Russia proposed an initiative to the governments of Jordan and Lebanon that will allow all the refugees there to return to their homes in the government-held areas. Both countries welcomed the initiative, but the work on it is yet to begin.
Syrian refugees on their way to their homes: