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Syrians start to return home after years of war

THOUSANDS of Syrians are returning home as the government takes back control after years of war.

According to the BBC, several thousand people have been passing through the the Nasib-Jaber border crossing in Jordan each day.

Those returning to Syria include small-scale merchants reviving cross-border trade and returning Syrian refugees who hope to rebuild their lives.

Nasib-Jaber, which was closed for three years after it fell under the control of the Free Syrian Army and the Nusra Front, is one of the main border crossings connecting Jordan and Syria.

The closure of the border crossing, which is on a crucial transit route, had a drastic effect on the transport of goods between Turkey and the Gulf and Lebanon and the Gulf, a multibillion-dollar annual trade.

In October head of the Syrian Exporters Federation Mohammad al-Sawah said that the Nasib-Jaber crossing would play a pivotal role for the return of the flow of goods between Syria and Jordan.

He said the opening of the border would lead to the restoration of the economy as it is an important area for Syria’s trade with neighbouring countries and is of the same importance for Jordan.

“Reopening the Nasib-Jaber border crossing fulfils the aspirations of the two brotherly peoples of Syria and Jordan and paves the way for the flow of goods by activating the transit movement between the two countries,” Mr Sawah said.

Syrian forces have retaken control of large parts of the country which has been devastated by years of fighting involving rebels, jihadist terror groups and attacks from Western imperialists seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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