Around 300 people departed Arsal on June 28, 2018, the first of several groups to leave the Lebanese border town this year. A few months earlier, 3,000 Syrians in the Lebanese border town of Arsal had registered their names with Syrian and Lebanese intelligence agencies to return to their villages just over the mountains in Syria’s Qalamoun region. When the first group of several hundred people was approved to leave on June 28, many families were separated, as some members either decided not to register or were not approved by Syrian authorities.
Syrian refugees must submit their names for approval by Lebanese and Syrian intelligence. Not all have been approved by the Syrian authorities. (Abdel-Monhem Amiri)