Hundreds of Syrian refugees returned from a camp near the Lebanese town of Arsal to their homes in the Syrian areas in western and eastern Qalamun, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on July 7. According to Lebanese sources, the number of the refugees who returned is 448.
“I assure you, as always, that this is the desire of our Syrian brothers, and we offer them assistance at their request and wish them security, safety and peace, whether they are in Syria or here,” said Arsal Mayor Bassil al-Hujeiri commenting on the development, according to the Lebanese news outlet al-Modon.
This is the second batch of Syrian refuges to return from Lebanon to Syria recently. Last week, more than 450 Syrian refugees returned from the same camp in Arsal to Qalamun.
The return of these refugees is coordinated with the Damascus government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). According to Chief of the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security, more refugees will return to Syria through the same process soon.
Most of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are from the governorates of Homs and Damascus, which were secured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) earlier. This explains why many of these refugees are currently planning to return to their country.
Syrian refugees on their way to their homes: