Hizballah to coordinate repatriation of Syrian refugees with Assad regime

Lebanon hosts just under one million registered refugees from the conflict in neighbouring Syria, although authorities say the real number is much higher.

Hizballah will create a mechanism for the repatriation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to Syrian regime areas, in coordination with the Beirut government, the movement has said.

Lebanon hosts just under one million registered refugees from the conflict in neighbouring Syria, although authorities say the real number is much higher.

Lebanese officials are ramping up demands that refugees go home, and Hizballah said on Friday it wanted to play a role.

“We in Hizballah, facing the slow progress in resolving this issue and based on our good and strong relationship with the Syrian state, we want to help,” said its head Hassan Nasrallah.

Thousands of Hizballah fighters, as well as Russian warplanes, have helped Syrian regime troops retake swathes of territory in recent years.

Nasrallah said the group was setting up centres with phone numbers and social media accounts where refugees could sign up to return home.

“We will submit these lists to the relevant authorities in Syria,” said Nasrallah, who added that Hizballah would coordinate with Lebanon’s General Security agency.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.