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UN: 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to homeland next year

The United Nations’ refugee agency says up to 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to Syria as most of once militant-held regions are now under the control of the country’s army troops.

 

The United Nations’ refugee agency says up to 250,000 Syrian refugees could return to Syria as most of once militant-held regions are now under the control of the country’s army troops.

Amin Awad, the director for the Middle East and North Africa of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for  Refugees, further said in a press conference on Tuesday that some 37,000 refugees had already returned to their home country so far this year and that they mainly had gone to the provinces of Dara’a, Damascus and Homs.

“Now, by and large, the war has ended. We have a few pockets (of hostilities), including Idlib, as you know that there is a negotiated ceasefire and a de-escalation zone,” he added.

According to the UN official, around 5.6 million Syrian refugees still live in neighboring countries, such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

 

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