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Syrian refugees in Turkey head home for Eid amid fragile ceasefire

FRANCE 24 screengrab | Syrians refugees in Turkey cross the border to see families for Eid al-Adha.

Millions of Syrian refugees have been authorised to visit their families across the border in Syria to celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in the Muslim calendar.

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FRANCE 24 spoke with some of the refugees, who expressed their hopes and fears on returning home.

The crossing is only possible from one border crossing, some 50 kilometres from the cities of Aleppo and Idlib.

Taking place at the start of a fragile ceasefire, many remain pessimistic about the prospects for peace in their war-torn homeland.

“These ceasefires, we've had them for four years, it’s not new,” one man told FRANCE 24.

But they are all keen to see their families, even if the going is tough.

“It's always better to be there,” one woman said. “In Syria we are with family, with neighbours, and it makes Eid really joyful.”

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