Nearly 30,000 Syrians return home from Jordan after border reopens

Around 28,000 Syrians have returned home from Jordan since the border between the two Arab countries was reopened in mid-October, a Jordanian security source said Monday (December 4th).

Amman estimates that it has taken in close to 1.3 million refugees from its war-torn neighbour since the war in Syria broke out in March 2011, and spent more than $10 billion to host them.

About 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the UN in Jordan.

The security source, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that since the Nassib-Jaber border reopened on October 15th, "around 28,000 Syrians have returned home voluntarily".

"They include around 3,400 Syrians registered as refugees with the UN."

Known as Jaber on the Jordanian side and Nassib in Syria, the border is a key Middle East trade route and its reopening after a three-year closure was seen as a boon for the economies of both countries.

It was closed when opposition fighters fighting the Syrian regime overran it in April 2015.

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