BEIRUT: Scores of Syrian refugees are gearing up to return home Monday after years in exile, according to the state-run National News Agency.
Eight buses are expected to carry 137 refugees from the area of Shebaa in Lebanon's southeast, while dozens in central Bekaa are waiting for their departure papers to be finalized by the General Security.
Almost 2000 refugees have returned to Syria following the efforts of the General Security in cooperation with the Syrian government, while Hezbollah also opened a number of contact centers where refugees can sign up to return.
Meanwhile, Russia is also expected to establish a joint Russian-US-Lebanese group to facilitate the repatriation effort.
Around 1.5 million refugees are still scattered across Lebanon, taking a toll on the country's ailing infrastructure and economy.
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