Over 700 Syrian refugees, including 361 minors, have returned to their home country from Jordan and Lebanon over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for the Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees said on Thursday.
“Over the past day, in total 709 people returned to the Syrian Arab Republic from the territory of foreign states: 212 people (63 women and 108 children) left Lebanon for Syria via the Jaydet-Yabus and Talkalakh CPs [checkpoints], and 497 people (149 women and 253 children) from Jordan via the Nasib CP,” the center said in its daily bulletin.
In total, 69,777 people have returned to Syria from abroad since July 2018, including 31,798 people coming back from Lebanon and 37,979 — from Jordan. According to the refugee center, Syrian engineering units cleared of mines 9.7 hectares (some 23.9 acres) of land and destroyed 48 explosive devices over the past 24 hours.
Syria, which has been suffering from an armed conflict for more than seven years, is now focused on the repatriation of refugees, who were forced to flee the armed conflict and seek asylum in other countries, and the reconstruction of infrastructure. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over 6.6 million officially registered Syrian refugees are currently residing abroad.