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Russian Centre for Refugee Affairs holds session with Syrian Coordination Committee on repatriation of refugee

The Centre for the Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees (Centre for Refugee Affairs) and Joint Coordination Committee in Syria held another joint session on repatriation of Syrian refugees in Damascus.

The head of the Centre for Refugee Affairs, heads of Centre's offices in al-Salhiyah Colonel Alexey Pervov and Baniyas Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Brukov made reports at the session.

During the meeting, the representative of the Joint Coordination Center, Colonel Alexey Posunko reported:

Over the past day, in total 117 people (35 women and 59 children) left Lebanon for Syria via the Jaydet-Yabus , and al-Qusayr.

Since July 18, 2018, in total 7,093 refugees have left Lebanon, with 3,008 of them - via the Zemrani CP, Jaydet-Yabus – 3,042 people, 644 people via al-Dabusiyah and 399 people via the al-Qusayr. In total 318 people have passed via the Nasib CP from Jordan.

Since September 30, 2015, in total 236,691 Syrians have returned back to their homes from abroad (71,004 women, 120,711 children).

Negotiationswith a representative of the Turkish Joint Coordination Centre Brigade General Chetyn Koklu took place to discuss organization of evacuation of internally displaced persons from the Idlib de-escalation zone.

A working meeting took place with the UN representatives on humanitarian situation in the Southwest de-escalation zone and situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

A humanitarian action was held in Daraa province. They delivered 650 food sets with a total weight of 2.8 tons.

They control repatriation of refugees in Arbin and rehabilitation of infrstructure in the area.

Despite the extended scale of work done, the efforts to rebuild the civilian infrastructure must be continually stepped up in order to successfully meet the challenges ahead, demonstrating to Syrian refugees Syria's readiness to ensure all necessary conditions in legal, economic, social and domestic spheres for the citizens of the Republic wishing to return to their homeland ".

A representative of the Syrian Centre for Refugee Affairs, Ali Asa, reported on the work done on the repatriation of refugees:

The Syrian leadership continues working on repatriation of Syrian refugees and reaffirms the readiness to ensure security guarantees, employment, housing, assistance in document re-issuance, as well as humanitarian and other aid for Syrian refugees returning back from abroad.

It is reported that 542 Syrians returned back to:

Homs province – 202 people, in total - 28,719 people;

Eastern Ghouta - 225 people, in total - 75,578 people.

In Khusham (Deir ez-Zor province), 20 people were accommodated in recovered houses, since January 1, 2018 – 39,561 people.

In total since March 4, 2018 Besides, 26,642 people, 3,869 vehicles and 42,558 heads of cattle left the Idlib de-escalation zone.

There are 497,650 places arranged to receive and accommodate refugees in 117 settlements less affected by the combat actions.

Over the past day, they cleared 5 ha of territory, two buildings and 3km of road in Eyn-Zayt, al-Rastan, Sem-Ali (Homs province).

They found and defused 51 explosive devices including 21 improvised explosive devices.

In total in Homs province, they cleared up 237.6ha of the territory, 737 buildings and 48.8km of roads.

Colonel Alexey Pervov, the head of the Centre for Refugee Affairs Branch, reported on functioning of the Salhiyah CP:

The al-Salhiyah CP works as planned. We have no issues of concern.

Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Burkov, the head of the Centre for Refugee Affairs Branch in Baniyas sea port, reported on functioning of the office:

The CP at the Baniyas sea port works as planned. We have no issues of concern.

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