Syrian National News Agency reports that 500 displaced Syrians gathered on Wednesday in Lebanon’s Southern town of Shebaa, waiting for buses that will take them to “safe zones in Syria.”
The displaced would be evacuated through Masnaa border crossing in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa valley, from Shebaa and Hasbaya to Syrian towns of Beit Jinn and Mazraat Bit jin, the report said.
The repatriation was directly coordinated between Syrian authorities and the refugees themselves.
The chosen safe areas are direct reflection of Ghouta battle, according to a security source who told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that “it is a prelude to series of successive operations that has nothing to do with the Lebanese Government.’’
The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has made direct contacts with the displaced persons to make sure that their return is voluntary.
The source said Lebanon’s General Security Directorate would supervise the movement, check their identity papers and accompany them with logistical and security measures.
The UN refugee agency said there were more than one million Syrian refugees who fled the war-torn country since the eruption of rebellion against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.
Edited by: Abigael Joshua/