UNHCR statement on the return from Chebaa, Lebanon to Bait Jan, Syria


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is aware of the impending return movement of some 500 Syrian refugees from Chebaa, Southern Lebanon to Bait Jan, Syria.

UNHCR teams on the ground have been discussing with concerned refugees and authorities to assess the intentions of refugees and the conditions in which these returns would take place. UNHCR is not involved in the organization of these returns or other returns at this point, considering the prevailing humanitarian and security situation in Syria.

UNHCR, however, respects the individual decisions of refugees to return to their country of origin, when taken without undue pressure, and having carefully weighed the information available to them.