Damascus creates body to repatriate Syria refugees

Syria's government is to set up a committee to co-ordinate repatriating millions of its nationals who fled the country's seven-year conflict, AFP reported Monday (August 6th).

The cabinet on Sunday "agreed to create a co-ordination body for the return of those displaced abroad to their cities and villages", state news agency SANA reported.

The conflict has displaced more than five million Syrians outside the country, the UN says, with more than half displaced to Turkey and most of the rest split between Lebanon and Jordan.

The committee "will take the necessary measures to settle the status of all those who were displaced and secure their return as security and basic services return to different regions", SANA said.

It will take steps towards "ensuring they can lead normal lives and practice their jobs as before the war" which broke out in 2011, it added.

The co-ordination body is to "intensify contact with friendly countries to provide all facilitations and take suitable steps towards their return", SANA said.

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