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A Syrian refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal in 2013. (AP)

Beirut – Over 50 Syrian families residing in the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal have decided to return to their war-torn country.

Deputy Arsal municipal chief Rima Karnaby explained that safe passage has been provided to the refugees, whose security was provided by the Lebanese army.

Some 400 people make up these 50 families.

The Army Command said in a statement that its forces offered safe passage to the convoys of families after it received several requests from them to return to Syria.

They were transported via 30 civilian vehicles to the Lebanese-Syrian border. From there, they headed to their town of Asal al-Ward.

Syrian pro-regime media said that dozens of Syrian refugees had returned to the western al-Qalamoun region from Lebanon.

Regime forces and Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” had on May 6 seized control of all western al-Qalamoun regions, linking it to al-Zabadani to the western Damascus countryside.