1,500 Syrians leave Turkey for Eid al-Fitr holiday

Over 1,500 Syrians who fled their country’s civil war to Turkey are returning home temporarily to celebrate a major Muslim holiday, local media reported Tuesday.

The Syrians have crossed the border gate in the southeastern province of Kilis between May 18 and 20 for upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, said Hurriyet Daily News.

Syrian families were reportedly queuing in long lines at the Oncupinar border gate between the two countries.

Local Public Health Center provides Syrian children aged under 15 with vaccines before their leaving, the report said.

Muslims celebrate the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr.

Turkey hosts a large number of Syrian refugees since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. According to Turkey’s Directorate General of Migration Management, there are more than 3.6 million Syrians in Turkey in 2018.