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>> Thousands of Syria's war victims are heading back to their embattled country. In time for the Eid festival that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. With the conflict now in its seventh year, some will be meeting relatives for the first time.>> I'm Reuters' Emily Wither on the Turkish Syrian border.
This has been the scene here for last week as thousands of Syrians line up to cross the border to get back home in time for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. It comes after the Turkish government gave them the opportunity to return but still come back to Turkey within one month.
Thousands have been trying to cross daily and the authorities can’t process them fast enough. Halima from Aleppo has been waiting to cross for three days. Islamic State overran her village. She has no idea what she’ll find there now. Scuffles regularly break out between the swelling mass of people and the border guards.
It's hot and chaotic. This man showed us where the police beat him with a baton.>>
> I will go to Syria and see the situation. If it's bearable to live there, of course I will not come back here. I want to work and improve my country. Any job is better than being here.>> As Islamic state gets driven out, authorities say more and more Syrians want to return.
Last year, Turkey launched a military campaign to drive the militants from its border. The war may be far from over, but people are desperate to go home.