Bassil tours the northeastern town of Arsal, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil held a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Syrian refugees living in Arsal and Arsal municipality officials.A second refugee, named Khaled, who is also from Qusair, says there are 30,000 people from the Syrian town living in Arsal now.The man says that homes have been destroyed and the internally displaced persons inside Syria have not been allowed to return to Qusair.Bassil asks if the fighting means that they can't return. Bassil asks how much property is destroyed, to which the man says more than 70 percent.A refugee who identifies himself as a man from Syria's Qalamoun says that 90 percent of people from this area living in Arsal want to return.One man responds that Qusair is different from any other area in Syria because it contained all religions.Another Qalamoun resident said that 3,000 Syrian refugees had registered within three days at the Arsal Municipality to return to Syria.One refugee thanked Bassil.
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