File - A Lebanese man with his family stand outside their home in Tfail village, at the Lebanese-Syrian border, eastern Lebanon, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Deqqo, a Lebanese citizen, and hundreds of others fled the remote village of Tfail last June as Hezbollah and the Syrian army approached and sent salvos of shells toward the once sleepy strip of farmland.In June, hundreds of citizens and Syrian refugees fled the village of Tfail, whose citizens had been sympathetic to the Syrian opposition, as scores of Hezbollah fighters entered the town ostensibly seeking rebel gunmen. Villagers are now scattered around Lebanon and Syria, seeking refuge with relatives across the country and in tented settlements alongside Syrian refugees. While little has been done over the past six months to secure the return of Lebanese citizens to their lands, some are hopeful that the upcoming dialogue sessions between the Future Movement and Hezbollah will lead to a resolution for the displaced people of Tfail. The mayor of Tfail, Ali al-Shoum, hopes that the Future-Hezbollah dialogue may pave the way for the latter party's withdrawal from his village."In certain circumstances, if we need to buy goods or fresh vegetables, or we need to hospitalize someone, Hezbollah lets us leave the town to go to Assal al-Ouard in Syria" Mansour Shaheen explained.Some of those who fled, however, said they feared being captured by Hezbollah or Syrian forces if they returned to Tfail.
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