Agencies (Qasioun) – The United Nations resident humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Ali Al-Za'tari, said at a news conference at the world body’s headquarters on Thursday that millions who fled Syria need to evaluate for themselves whether it's safe and feasible to go home as Syrian regime encouraging refugees to return to their country.
Al-Za'tari said “Some areas in Syria will look, to the onlooker, safe,” adding that “A refugee has to have a feeling of safety and security, a way to lead a living back in Syria, and a roof.”
Al-Za’tari said the organization also isn’t telling refugees to stay away but believes they should “assess the situation for themselves before making a decision to come back.”
About a million people have ventured back to their homes in Syria, mainly from other parts of the country, al-Za’tari said. The Syrian government has put the figure at 3.5 million.
Al-Za’tari said Thursday that at least 500,000 people have returned to eastern Aleppo, where a 2016 battle destroyed half the city. An estimated 120,000 are back in Raqqa, he said, despite the lingering dangers of land mines and unexploded ordnance in the city that Islamic State extremists seized and made the seat of their self-proclaimed caliphate in 2014.
Noteworthy that Syrian regime foreign minister, Walid Al-Moallem told the UN General assembly that Doors are open and all conditions are now present for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees, calling the refugees to return back to their homeland after it captured swaths of land from the Syrian opposition capture.