778 Syrian Refugees 'Return Voluntarily' to Syria

Lebanon's General Security agency announced Sunday that 778 Syrian refugees had been repatriated to their country throughout the day.

“As part of its follow-up on the issue of displaced Syrians seeking to voluntarily return to their hometowns, the General Directorate of General Security secured the voluntary return of 778 displaced Syrians from various Lebanese regions to Syrian territory, in coordination with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the presence of its representatives,” General Security said in a statement.

It said the refugees were repatriated via the al-Masnaa, al-Abboudiyeh and al-Zamarani border crossings.

“Buses provided by Syrian authorities took off from gathering points in Sidon, Nabatiyeh, Shebaa, al-Masnaa, Bourj Hammoud, al-Abboudiyeh, al-Buqaiaa, Tripoli and Arsal, escorted by GDGS patrols, until they reached the Lebanese-Syrian border,” the agency added.

Several such repatriations have been organized in recent months in light of improved security in many Syrian regions.

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