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Syrian refugees gathered Thursday morning in various areas in Lebanon to travel back home as part of the voluntary returns being organized by Lebanese General Security, several local media outlets reported.
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The returnees congregated with what belongings they had in Akkar and Tripoli in the north; Nabatieh, Shabaa, Sidon and Tyre in the south; Burj Hammoud in Mount Lebanon; Arsal and Masnaa in Bekaa; and Beirut.
The state-run National News Agency reported that a group of 250 Syrian refugees from various camps in the northeastern border town of Arsal had gathered near the Lebanese Army checkpoint near Wadi Hmayyed, and that 18 buses had traveled from Syria to Lebanon to take them home.
General Security had announced Wednesday that about 1,000 Syrian refugees would travel by bus back to Syria through the Abboudieh, Al-Zamarani and Masnaa border crossings.
General Security has been registering Syrian refugees who are willing to return voluntarily and organizing their transportation, as well as serving as an intermediary with their country’s authorities, who in some cases may reject a potential returnee.
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