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Hundreds of Refugees Return to Syria From Lebanon

U.S. News

Nearly 500 people, including children and the elderly, left the Shebaa area in southeast Lebanon in 15 buses for the Beit Jinn district in Syria, southwest of Damascus, which was recaptured from rebels by pro-government forces in December. The buses reached the Lebanese border on Wednesday afternoon before crossing into Syria.


Educating Syria's lost generation

Al Jazeera

"The bombings were getting closer and closer," says Dr Nasser Alzhouri. As the war in Syria raged, the Alzhouri family home burned down. Alzhouri and his son, Suliman, set off for Lebanon. The only thing Alzhouri took with him was his degree certificate. Unbeknown to his father, Suliman had snuck back into their house to rescue his university ID card.


Educating Syria's Lost Generation Close Up

Al Jazeera

"The bombings were getting closer and closer," says Dr Nasser Alzhouri. As the war in Syria raged, the Alzhouri family home burned down. Nasser and his son, Suliman, set off for Lebanon. The only thing Nasser took with him was his university degree. Unbeknown to his father, Suliman had also snuck back into their house, to rescue his university ID card.


Refugee tents replaced with homes in Syria†s Idlib

Al Jazeera

Tents are being replaced with new brick houses in Syria's war-torn Idlib province. More than 120,000 refugees across the country are expected to benefit from the new housing project organised by the Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. The project is also expected to provide people with household necessities. So far 2,000 families are living in the new houses. Residents say the brick houses provide them with better living conditions.


In Lebanon camp for years, hundreds of refugees return to Syria area recaptured by regime

The Japan Times

SHEBAA, LEBANON – Several hundred Syrians who have lived for years as refugees in Lebanon left for their home country on Wednesday in a rare case of a mass return of those who left the country since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. Nearly 500 people, including children and the elderly, left the Shebaa area in southeast Lebanon in 15 buses for the Beit Jinn district in Syria, southwest of Damascus, which was recaptured from rebels by pro-government forces in December. The buses reached the Lebanese border on Wednesday afternoon before crossing into Syria. "We had no news about our hometown. My family and I are happy to be going back," said Younes Othman, 31, who was a farmer in Syria and is returning after four years in Lebanon.