BEIRUT, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese caretaker Minister of Displaced Affairs Mouin Merhebi announced Friday that around 55,000 Syrian refugees returned home legally and illegally since June, local media reported.
"Among these 55,000, around 7,000 leaved under the supervision of Lebanon's General Security," he was quoted by Elnashra, an independent online newspaper, as saying.
Merhebi praised the ministry's work in coordinating with humanitarian organizations and donors to solve the problems facing Syrian refugees in a bid to facilitate their return home.
More than one million Syrian refugees are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, while the government estimated the true number of Syrians in the country at 1.5 million.
To secure the return of 890,000 Syrian refugees to their homeland, Russia has drafted a strategy and presented it to the Lebanese authorities.