Syria war: Almost 500,000 refugees return in 2017 – UN

Almost 500,000 Syrians have returned to their homes this year, the UN says, describing this as a “notable trend”.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than 440,000 internally displaced Syrians and about 31,000 of those who fled abroad have now come back.

Most of them have returned to Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus with the aim of checking on their properties and finding out about family members.

But the UNHCR warns the conditions for a safe return “are not yet in place”.

Speaking on Friday, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said his agency was now seeing a “notable trend of spontaneous returns to and within Syria” in 2017.

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