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Syrian refugees in Turkey return home for holidays

As Eid al-Fitr approaches, marking the end of Ramadan, Turkish authorities opened two border crossings with Syria so refugees can visit their homeland.
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ALEPPO, Syria — Thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey have rushed since June 1 to the Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam crossings on the Turkish-Syrian border to spend the Eid al-Fitr holiday in their homeland. The dates of the holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, vary by location and Islamic sect. This year it will begin June 25 or 26.

Authorities opened the Cilvegozu/Bab al-Hawa crossing June 1, and refugees with proper identification documents can use that crossing to return to Turkey until Sept. 30. The Oncupinar/Bab al-Salam crossing is more restricted: It was open June 13-23 for people to leave Turkey, and refugees with ID using that crossing may return no later than July 14.

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