After Turkey liberated Jarablus with FSA, Syrians return home
Syrians taking shelter in Turkey have begun to return home as some 250 Syrians passed through the Karkamış border gate yesterday in southern Gaziantep province, leaving for the northern Syrian town of Jarablus, which was liberated from DAESH terrorists on Aug. 25 as part of Operation Euphrates Shield.
After the Gaziantep governorate announced that Syrians could return to Syria, the first Syrians could be seen making their way to Jarablus. Many Syrians spoke to Daily Sabah in front of the gate to express their feelings about the return, saying that they are happy to be able to see their homeland after years of waiting. "We want to thank Turkey and the Turkish people for everything that they have done since we came here," 28-year-old Fariz said, while 30-year-old Fatima, carrying her baby in her arms on the way back home, said that she was grateful for Turkey's operation to sweep out DAESH in Jarablus.
The aforementioned return via the Karkamış border gate marked the first return of refugees to Syria after a remarkable portion of the region was liberated. Some Syrians used to return to Syria on special occasions such as Qurban Bayram (Feast of the Sacrifice), also known as Eid Al-Adha, and Ramadan Bayram, also known as Eid Al-Fitr.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) launched Operation Euphrates Shield in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Aug. 24 to secure Turkey's southern border with Syria. In less than a day, the Turkey-backed FSA liberated Jarablus.