JNN 23 Oct 2013 Damascus : The Syrian army continues to tighten the noose around foreign-backed militants in the Damascus countryside of al-Muqaddimah. While due to Improvement in Security Over 26,000 Syrian refugees, who had settled in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, have returned to their home country.
According to Press TV, Syrian government forces have regained control of al-Muqaddimah’s industrial zone, which has been a scene of a fierce battle between the army and the militants. The Syrian army accompanied the Press TV team to the heart of the area since an armored vehicle is essential to avoid sniper fire from the extremists.
The militants have destroyed some of the equipment in factories. They have fortified themselves in some blocks for over two months and have created solid barriers for themselves. However, the army has secured the factory area.
Rami Issa, a textile factory owner said “On August 24, armed groups occupied my factory. They sabotaged some parts of it. They shot at computers, and used some of the fabrics to make barriers. The army has regained control and called us to come back and check our property.”
Other parts of al-Muqaddimah, namely the al-Moddarras and Hamdan neighborhoods, have also been secured by the army.
An army officer said that the troops evacuated civilians in the area before starting the operation and “purged the area of the militants within hours.”
Refugees Returning Back to Syria
Over 26,000 Syrian refugees, who had settled in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, have returned to their home country.
According to IRIB World Service, with the improvement of the situation of Kurdish regions in Syria, more than 26,000 Syrian refugees, who had sought shelter in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, have returned to their homes and hearths within a period of three months.
An Iraqi official, Nouri Rashid, has said that the return of the Syrian Kurd refugees to their home country continues and every day up to more than 1,000 refugees return to their homeland. Also, as of July till mid-October 2013, over 15,000 Syrian refugees have returned to their country.
According to one of Iraqi Kurdistan region officials, Fallah Mostafa, 235,000 Syrian Kurd refugees are in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.