A view shows a part of Maloula village which is located northeast of Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA on September 11, 2013. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters
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In the Bab Touma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maalula which was retaken by government forces this week.But he and many other residents chased out when rebel forces including jihadists entered the town in September fear it may still be too early to go back. The Syrian army recaptured Maloula on Monday, saying it had restored "security and stability" to the picturesque hamlet where 5,000 people lived before the war began in March 2011 . Maloula's residents, who are mostly Greek Orthodox Christians, have found refuge in and around Damascus, which is around 55 kilometres (35 miles) from their home town.A mother from the town, living in a single room in Damascus with her husband and four children, said she too was ready to return straight away.
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