Surge in returns among internally displaced Syrians: UN
An estimated 750,000 internally displaced Syrians returned to their homes through the first half of 2018, nearly equal the amount for all of last year, the United Nations said today.
The returns have largely occurred in areas that government forces have clawed back from opposition groups including Aleppo, Homs and Rural Damascus, the UN refugee agency said in a statement.
UNHCR said that in 2017 it had "ramped up its capacity inside Syria" in anticipation that larger numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) would head home to certain areas as the dynamics of the Syrian conflict changed.
The spike in returns came as record numbers were displaced elsewhere.
That movement was triggered by escalations in fighting in the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta and within the northwestern province of Idlib, the main bastion of Syria's insurgents.
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