New batches of Syrian refugees voluntarily returned ‘home’ to Syria from neighbouring Lebanon. Lebanon’s southern cities of Nabatiyeh and Sidon saw the departure of four buses towards the Masnaa border crossing, supervised by the Lebanese General Security taskforces, who are missioned with handling the return process of asylum seekers, aided by representatives of the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), UN representatives and affiliated NGOs interviewed returnees to note down their motivation for returning to the war-torn country, and confirm the decision to go back was entirely voluntary.
UN agents interviewed refugees’ en route home, requesting detailed information pertaining to their living arrangements inside Lebanon. Some sourly responded about the expensive cost of living in Lebanon vis-a-vis Syria, as well as blasting the faltering UN support.
A SANA correspondent, at the al-Dabbousyia crossing in Homs western countryside, said that 22 buses entered the crossing transporting hundreds of displaced Syrians to their towns and villages in Homs northern countryside and the countryside of Aleppo, Hama, Deir Ezzor and Damascus.
The reporter added that teams affiliated to Homs Health Directorate provided all the required health services to the displaced, who returned through the al-Dabbousyia crossing, as they gave anti-polio vaccines for children and other vaccines according to their ages.
Meanwhile, a SANA correspondent, at the Jdeidet Yabous crossing, said that Syrian buses arrived at the crossing from Lebanese territories with hundreds of the displaced onboard. They will be later transported to their villages and towns once basic services have been restored by the authorities concerned in the province.