SYRIAN REFUGEES RETURN HOME IN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

Syrian refugees

The UN refugee agency said Friday that nearly a half-million people who were displaced within Syria due to its civil war have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year.

The agency pointed out to “a notable trend of spontaneous returns to and within Syria in 2017.”

UNHCR says aid agencies estimate that more than 440,000 internally displaced people, or IDPs, had returned to their homes, mainly in Aleppo, Hama, Homs, and Damascus.

In addition, around 31,000 refugees in neighboring countries had also returned, he said, bringing to 260,000 the number of refugees who have returned to the country since 2015.

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