Jordan hopes a cease-fire it helped negotiate in southern Syria will eventually lead to a secure border and the return home of Syrian refugees.
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Jordan hopes a cease-fire it helped negotiate in neighboring southern Syria will eventually lead to a secure border, the reopening of a vital trade crossing and a gradual return home for Syrian war refugees who sought asylum in the kingdom.Fighting has decreased significantly in southern Syria – a patchwork of areas under government or rebel control – since the truce was negotiated by Russia, the United States and Jordan in July.The U.N. refugee agency said 1,830 refugees returned voluntarily to Syria in July and August, compared to 1,700 between January and June.Separately, aid officials have said Jordan has deported Syrian refugees – about 400 a month since the beginning of 2017, according to a report released Monday by the group Human Rights Watch.Jordan has been urging Syria and Russia to ensure the safety of several thousand fighters.Hundreds of thousands more refugees are staying put in Jordan, waiting to see what happens to those who risked a return home.
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