1,000 displaced Syrians return to their village after seven years

DAMASCUS (dpa)- Around 1,000 people have returned to a village in Syria's central province of Homs after they had been internally displaced for more than seven years.
"Today, 969 people belonging to 442 families have returned to the village of Qussair in the western countryside of Homs," Tony Kasouha, a municipal official, told dpa on Sunday.

More batches of displaced people will return to the village in the coming days after basic services there are restored, he added.
Syria's official news agency SANA reported that scores of displaced families have returned to the village after "the Syrian army cleansed it from terrorism."
Meanwhile, an opposition figure described the return of the families as "propaganda by the Syrian government to convey a message to the world that it is working on bringing back the displaced to their areas."
"The village is destroyed and has no services ... the government took no action for its reconstruction," he added on condition of anonymity.
The Syrian government, backed by forces from the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement, controlled Qussair in July 2013, forcing civilians and militants to flee towards the Lebanese border.
The war in Syria is winding down after government forces, supported by allied Russians, regained large swathes of territory from rebels and Islamist militants, strengthening President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power.

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