Syrian Prime Minister called on refugees to return back home

Syria calls on refugees to return home

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:56:41 GMT

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has called on the Syrians forced to flee to neighboring countries due to the ongoing conflict in the Arab country to return home.

Chairing a weekly cabinet meeting of Syrian ministers on Tuesday, Halqi said the government is ready to provide residential places for those who return to the country, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.

He said Syria is home to all Syrians and that the government is ready to embrace all the displaced citizens and provide decent residence to them.

Earlier this month, the UN Refugee Agency warned about the dire situation of the Syrian refugees abroad especially in Jordan, saying the Syrian exiles are facing recruitment as child soldiers, sexual violence, and exploitation for labor.

The report released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on August 6 said a large number of child refugees are deprived of schooling and vulnerable to be recruited by armed groups that aim to take them back to fight in Syria.

The world body noted that the threat is not limited to children and adults are also prey to such recruitment, while all refugees, including youngsters, are being forced into labor.

The UNHCR also warned about domestic and sexual violence as a particular danger for refugee women and children.

The report said both organized crime networks and Syrian opposition groups operate in camps in order to pursue their financial and political objectives.

It further warned that lawlessness and high criminality in the camps are driving refugees back home.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

The militancy has also displaced millions of Syrians, with many of them living in neighboring countries, mainly in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

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