Thousands of Syrian refugees return home from Turkey

Thousands of Syrians have left Turkey over the past fortnight to return to their hometowns liberated from militants in northwestern Syria, Hürriyet Daily News reported. 

Some 4,000 Syrians who had taken refuge in different parts of Turkey flocked to the Cilvegözü border gate in Hatay province to cross back into their homeland, according to the initial report from state-run Anadolu Agency. 

Over the past two years, Turkey's Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch military operations in northwestern Syria have largely cleared the region of Kurdish militias and Islamic State (ISIS) militants. 

On Tuesday, a Lebanese minister announced a slowdown in the number of Syrians returning from Lebanon, as several returning Syrians had recently been killed. 

In addition to the returning refugees, several trucks loaded with humanitarian aid and commercial materials queued at the Turkish border waiting to enter Syria.