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Syrian refugees return to areas liberated from Daesh

October 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

Syrian refugees with their belongings pass through Oncupinar border gate to reach their hometowns before Eid al-Adha in Kilis, Turkey on August 29, 2017 [Ensar Özdemir / Anadolu Agency]

Syrian refugees in Turkey have started to return to areas liberated from Daesh in the north of their country, Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The areas were liberated as part of the Euphrates Shield Operation carried out by the Free Syrian Army with Turkish army support. The operation ended in March this year.

According to Anadolu, around 100 Syrian refugees, including women and children, left the refugee camps in Turkey to go back home. The refugees were transported by minibuses owned by the Disaster and Emergency Department run by the office of the Turkish Prime Minister.

Syrian refugee Farouq K told Anadolu that he has spent five years in the refugee camps and decided to go back to the areas liberated from “terror” in Syria. He expressed his thanks to Turkey for its efforts to provide security to parts of his country.