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Leaving Lebanon's northeastern town of Arsal and embarking on a dangerous journey back to Syria wasn't an easy choice for Hussein Abu Ali, but now that he's in Syria's Idlib there's no going back. Just last week, Abu Ali was preparing to leave Arsal alongside militants belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – previously known as the Nusra Front – as part of a cease-fire deal reached between the group and Hezbollah.Although a deal for rebels from Saraya Ahl al-Sham to leave Lebanon won't take effect until Saturday, Abu Ali chose to leave earlier with Jabhat Fatah al-Sham because his family is already in Idlib but the Saraya Ahl al-Sham deal will see people relocated to Al-Ruhaibeh, in eastern Qalamoun.Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants and Syrian refugees filled five buses and began the journey to Syria on Aug. 2 . Once each bus passed the Al-Saan crossing in Syria's Hama, a Hezbollah fighter being held by the militant group was released to return home."As for Hezbollah members, some treated us with hate but others were good to us," he said.He described the trip to Idlib as long, tiring and stressful.
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