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AMMAN — Some 150 Syrians voluntarily returned to their homeland on Saturday, while 600 crossed into Jordan, the Jordan Armed Forces said.
The latest repatriations raised the total number of returnees to Syria this month to 2,500, and 100,000 since the outbreak of the crisis some 30 months ago, according to officials.
Under current security procedures, Syrian refugees in Jordan can request to be returned to their homeland by authorities, which provide daily transportation to the Syrian border.
Although repatriations have dropped from an average of 400 per day to some 150 in the face of increased border violence over the past month, Syrian activists say hundreds of refugees continue to request to return to their homeland each day to reunite with loved ones and even fight alongside rebel forces.
#Amman, (#SANA)_ The number of Syrian refugees who have voluntarily returned to their country since their country was gripped by a crisis more than two years ago, stood at 100,000, according to a Jordanian official source.
The Jordanian News Agency (PETRA) quoted a source from the Syrian refugees camps administration as saying that "the 1951 Geneva Convention stipulates that each refugee has the right to return to his country despite the security situation,'' noting that Jordan is keen that Syrian refugees must be able to exercise their right under this convention.
It pointed out that the voluntary return of the refugees was taking place as a result of coordination between the Syrian refugee camps’ administration and the UNHCR.
Reports on the situation of the displaced Syrians at refugee camps in neighboring countries have consistently indicated cases of political, economic and ethical blackmail against the Syrian refugees, amid attempts to use their humanitarian issue to bring pressure to bear on the Syrian government.
...so it's one complicated melting pot of bloodshed.