A man cycles past Christian religious icons in the Bab Tuma district of Syria's capital Damascus on April 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ LOUAI BESHARA)
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In the Bab Touma neighborhood of Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which was retaken by government forces this week.But he and many other residents that were 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 Maaloula Monday, saying it had restored "security and stability" to the picturesque hamlet where 5,000 people lived before the war began in March 2011 . As the army worked to recapture the town Monday, three employees of Al-Manar TV were killed there.Maaloula's residents, who are mostly Greek Orthodox Christians, have found refuge in and around Damascus, which is around 55 kilometers from their hometown.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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