No proof Syr­i­ans killed on re­turn: Aoun

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: There is no in­for­ma­tion to in­di­cate Syr­ian refugees who re­turned to their home­land have been sub­ject to per­se­cu­tion, Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun said Thurs­day, hours af­ter a group of refugees left Le­banon. Aoun was also quoted as say­ing that “the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s as­sis­tance to Syr­ian refugees af­ter they re­turn to their coun­try en­cour­ages them to re­turn.” The pres­i­dent’s re­marks ap­peared to re­fer to claim made last week by care­taker Min­is­ter of State for Refugee Af­fairs Mouin Mere­hbi that regime forces had killed around 20 Syr­ian refugees who had re­turned from Le­banon. In the lat­est vol­un­tary re­turn process or­ga­nized by Gen­eral Se­cu­rity, 53 Syr­ian refugees de­parted from a meet­ing point at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Sta­dium in Beirut, along with 32 from Na­batieh and 80 from Ar­sal. –

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