Syrian refugees in south Lebanon's Shebaa load possessions onto a bus to return home, April 18, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Foreign Ministry said Thursday it would re-evaluate the role of the U.N.'s refugee agency in Lebanon after it released a statement on the return of hundreds of Syrian refugees to their home country earlier this week.The UNHCR released the statement Wednesday in response to the return of 500 Syrian refugees from the southern Shebaa area to Syria's Beit Jin, south of Damascus.UNHCR added that it was not involved in any other refugee resettlements to Syria.Some Lebanese parties, including Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil's Free Patriotic Movement, have called for refugee return. They have repeatedly cited the relative calm in some regions of the country, while expressing fears refugees could permanently remain in Lebanon.
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