DAMASCUS – The Syrian High Relief Committee (HCS) reported Monday that more than 4 Of the 6.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned to their areas in Syria by 2018, the official SANA news agency reported.
The HCS, overseen by the Ministry of Local Government and the Environment, estimated that until 20 December, 4.2 million IDPs returned to their villages and towns in all Syrian provinces.
He added that the number of IDPs in Syria has fallen to 2.9 million.
The HCS reported that work was under way to rebuild damaged houses, in cooperation with international organizations and NGOs, in addition to the implementation of a number of projects.
In 2018, the renovation works involved 7,554 partially damaged homes across the country, said the HCS, adding that 37,000 families have benefited from these projects.
According to the HCS, which announced the statistics and achievements at a meeting held Monday at the Ministry of Local Government, the renovation works also include unfinished buildings that will be used as centers for displaced persons.
Still according to the HCS, the residents returned home after their areas got rid of "terrorism."
This comes as Syrian refugees outside the country, including those in Lebanon and Jordan, have begun to return to their homelands, given the improving situation in Syria. The government regained control of much of the country after the defeat of rebels in key areas.
In 2016, out of a population estimated at 22 million people before the war, the UN said 13.5 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are displaced to the interior of Syria and about 5 million are refugees from Syria.