Published: 2017-11-27 17:15
Last Updated: 2017-11-27 17:15
The UNHCR announced on Monday that the number of Syrians who have been returning home from Jordan, since the ceasefire deal in July, has reached an average of 1,000 people per month.
The refugees have been returning to the war-torn country voluntarily. However, the UNHCR does not encourage Syrians to go back to “zones in Syria that are deemed unsafe.”
The official spokesman for the UNHCR in Jordan, Mohammad al-Hawari, confirmed the increase.
Al-Hawari said that 750 Syrians willingly returned back from Jordan to Syria in October, 1,078 in September and 1,203 in August.
“The numbers are still small, as they only form 0.2% of the total number of Syrian refugees in Jordan.”
In July, a Jordanian-Russian-American ceasefire deal was implemented in three provinces in Syria.
Russia and Iran, who back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and rebel-supporter Turkey, agreed in May to establish four "de-escalation" zones in a potential breakthrough towards calming a war that has claimed an estimated 320,000 lives, since it began in March 2011.