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Video: Tension and celebration after Syria's Jarablus freed from IS group

© FRANCE 24 screengrab | FSA fighters in Jarablus

Video by Fatma KIZILBOGA , Pascale DAVIES

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-09-13

FRANCE 24 reports from Jarablus, a Syrian town liberated from Islamic State (IS) group control by the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in late August, as residents celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Jarablus was the first town captured by Turkey's army and its Syrian rebel allies in an offensive launched on August 24 that aims to sweep jihadists and Syrian Kurdish militias from the Turkish border.

This week, jubilant residents returned from exile.

“Four years ago I was forced to leave, and just two days ago I returned,” one man told FRANCE 24. “Thank heaven.”

But the scenes of jubilation have been short-lived. Jarablus is still a long way from normalcy.

"We want water, electricity, humanitarian aid isn't distributed evenly, it doesn't reach everyone," one resident told FRANCE 24.

Some returnees are finding their properties occupied by refugees, and claiming them back. Tensions are rising.

“The people have returned and they are coming after us,” one woman told FRANCE 24. “They're asking the people who've come from the surrounding towns to leave their homes.

"The different military factions don't care about our problems!"

Click on the video player above to watch FRANCE 24's full report.

Date created : 2016-09-13

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