Syria. Monthly Review (October 2018)

ALAFF plans to give such a reviews monthly. Since this is the first review, ALAFF has decided to include September also. The review shows news of the Russian media channels about restoration of peaceful life in Syria.

May you rise, beautiful ancient country.

 


September 3, 2018. The school year officially began in Syria.

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Most of the Syrian territory is already returning to peaceful life. As in Russia, today there is the beginning of the school year. For the Syrian city of Yalda, the fact that schools are open after a two-year break due to occupation is important now. There are more than two hundred first-graders in both buildings of the school. Boys and girls here are taught separately. In total there are one and a half thousand children. Four hundred arrived only in August. People return to Yalda. Source.

September 7, 2018. Over the past day, the Russian military has distributed 450 sets of school uniforms and schoolbags to pupils of junior classes in the settlements of Mlekha el-Gharbiya and As-Sawarah of the Syrian province of Daraa. Also during the day, targeted assistance was provided in several districts of the city of Aleppo. In addition, the Russian military physicians provided medical aid to 188 residents, including 104 children. Source.

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10 tons of humanitarian supplies from Russia delivered to Syria. The humanitarian aid is addressed to residents of the settlements liberated from the militants. The aircraft of the military transport aviation Il-76 of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered cargo to Khmeimim airfield from the Russian capital. The humanitarian aid includes foodstuffs, canned goods, cereals, sugar, as well as personal hygiene products and individual filters for water purification.

Soon this cargo will be distributed among the residents of the province of Latakia, victims of the actions of the militants. In addition to food, musical instruments needed to restore the cultural center in the city of Kesab, as well as medical equipment for recruiting a medical assistant were delivered to Syria. Products and other necessary things provided by the Russian humanitarian mission. Source (video).

September 11, 2018. Rail service was launched in the Syrian capital. The launch of the railway line was timed to the opening of the International Trade and Industry Exhibition, which was attended by representatives from 48 countries, including Russia, Iran and China. Source.

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The length of the site is only 18 kilometers. But even for this route, the surviving wagons had to be collected all over the country. The movement of trains between Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo is planned to be restored soon. And it is at this forum that Damascus is negotiating with Russia about the supply of trains and railway cars to the Arab Republic, as well as the restoration of railways. Source (video).

September 14, 2018. In Syrian Daraa, the authorities began to demolish the military fortifications that divided the city into two parts.

The amount of work is very large. There are 12 trucks and three bulldozers. To clear one only industrial zone, it will take 10 days. Work goes from 7am to 3pm.

Every gap made in the earth bastions immediately becomes a place of communication. The city merges together: relatives and friends, who have not seen each other for several years, are visiting. Commodity circulation is being established. Two and a half tons of fuel, which Damascus allocated for the first stage of work, is running out. Source.

September 16, 2018. The first major post-war art festival in the province of Latakia opened in the city of Jabla, which was known in ancient times as an important city of the Roman Empire.

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The festival opened with an exhibition of ancient objects and a performance in a preserved Roman amphitheater, built here about 2 thousand years ago and accommodating up to 8 thousand spectators. A theatrical performance on the stage of the amphitheater told about the centuries-old history of the Syrian people. Source / Video1, Video2.

As part of the exhibition, viewers were able to see cutlery, crockery, daggers. One of the most unusual exhibits was the old spinning wheel, which was used more than 100 years ago. Source.

September 21, 2018. Farmers from the Syrian province of Damascus are preparing to supply apples to Russia.

This year’s harvest is magnificent. The harvest immediately spreads to local markets, and not only in Damascus, but throughout the liberated territory of Syria. The routes of communication are also open for export: Syrian fruits are bought by Jordan, Egypt. Syrian farmers are planning to send apples to Russia in February. Source.

September 25, 2018. Russian military began to update topographic maps of Syria. Until today, the country used maps of the 70s.

Mapping in a post-war country is a strategic task, and the military does it. Russian professionals are teaching Syrians to use the newest mobile cartographic complex — they even brought an educational class with all the units. Source.

In particular, Russia transferred to Syria a unique mobile topographic complex. The mobile digital cartographic system consists of five trucks, five trailers and a container with stationary equipment. Source.

Syrian residents resumed mill operation in Daraa province after terrorists left. The mill in the area of the Yarmuk River (Daraa Province) began its work after a long stagnation during the terrorist occupation.

The militants repeatedly targeted their rockets at this mill, as a result of such attacks, workers usually died. As a result, the mill out of service. However, after the liberation of the province from terrorists, the mill returned to production. At the moment, it brings 40 tons of grain per day, which allows residents of the province to stay afloat. Source.

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Experts have begun work on repair of the high-voltage line with a double chain «Deir Ali — Sheikh Miskin» in the neighborhood of the Daraa province. Damage has happened because of the terrorist organizations which occupied the region earlier. According to the Minister of Energy of Syria, the cost of the damage caused to this line is estimated at 300 million Syrian pounds. It is expected that works on repair of an object will come to the end within two months. The «Deir Ali — Sheikh Miskin» line is of particular importance — it provides with electricity the main part of the Daraa province. Source (video).

September 26, 2018. For the past day, 102 people, including 38 children, took advantage of the humanitarian corridor leading from the Idlib de-escalation zone. 62 people received the necessary medical care, half of whom were children.

In the course of a regular humanitarian action, officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation distributed 450 food packages in the city of Daraa in the south-west of the country. Source.

In the Syrian province of Homs, the process of restoring the ancient fortress of Krak des Chevaliers began.

The age of the famous tower dates back to the XII century. It was severely damaged during the terrorist attack in the provinces. Krak des Chevaliers was considered the largest stronghold of the Crusaders until 1271. Initially it was called «Hysn al-Akrad», but after being captured by the crusaders in 1099, it changed its name to Kral des Chevaliers, which translates as “Castle of the Knights”. In 2006, the castle was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Source.

September 27, 2018. At the University of Damascus, the Russian language department began its work. The university now has 16 language departments, and the Russian language department is the largest among them.

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There are so many people willing to learn Russian that a new building was built specially for them. The teachers are helped by students from mixed families, for whom Russian is already a second language.

Today, more than 100 thousand people study at Damascus University. And as the war goes away, the number of people willing to return to their desks is growing. A few days ago, another 1,500 applications for reinstatement were received from the liberated Duma and Daraa. Source.

In addition, during the day, officers of the Russian Reconciliation Center distributed 450 food sets in one of the settlements in the province of Aleppo. Source.

September 28, 2018. The restoration of the water supply system begins near Damascus. Pipes for a new aqueduct destroyed by militants are produced around the clock at a local plant.

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In the suburbs of Syrian Damascus began to restore water supply in areas destroyed by the war. Some of the territories are still without communications, and many residents still have to travel tens of kilometers each morning to get water and bring them home.

It is planned to re-lay the pipes in the near future. For this, the local plant even switched to almost round-the-clock operation. The state order gave a serious impetus to the development of production. Source.

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At present, more than 100 hospitals and other medical institutions, about 1,500 residential buildings, as well as 120 power substations are being restored in the Arab country.

In addition, over the past week, the Russian military conducted six humanitarian actions, during which they delivered about ten tons of medicines and food to the affected areas of Syria, as well as provided medical assistance to more than 640 civilians. Source.

September 29, 2018. The production of the world famous silk textile resumes in Aleppo. At present, workers from all over Syria are employed: both local residents of the ancient city and internally displaced people from other Syrian provinces.

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Textile factories of Syrian Aleppo liberated at the end of 2016 are restoring their previous production volumes. In ancient Aleppo are the largest silk producers in Syria. The director of one such enterprise, Ziar Kalahisi, said that his factory was one of the first in the country to resume the production of silk threads after the war.

Earlier it was reported on the evacuation of a number of enterprises from the industrial capital of Syria, Aleppo, the industrial zone of which is the largest in the country. Despite the losses, this production cluster is gradually recovering after the war: today more than 500 enterprises are working there out of about 1,500 that worked during the pre-war period. Source.

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The main border crossing between Syria and Jordan resumed work. Before the war, this corridor was of great economic importance, since the main flow of goods from the ports of the Mediterranean to the countries of the Persian Gulf passed through it.

According to the Ministry of Transport of the Arab Republic, on September 29, trucks began to move through the checkpoint Nasib. Wagons go both in the direction of Syria and in the direction of Jordan. In addition to the border crossing, the [Syrian] authorities repaired the route on which the cars go, and also restored the bridges. Source (video).

September 30, 2018. Russian military delivered humanitarian aid to the mountainous regions of Syria (areas of the province of Hama). There are flour, rice, canned food and bread in the food packages distributed by the officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation.

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It is very difficult to get to these mountainous areas, so the locals were waiting for the Russian officers. The war did not affect this part of the country, but all the men from the villages went to the front, and the families were left without breadwinners. In addition, there are no businesses nearby where you could get a job. The only source of food is agriculture. Local residents thanked the Russian military and asked to come more often. They made lists of essential items. These are mostly warm clothes and blankets. Source (video).

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The Syrian children’s ensemble «Gvozdika» performed before the military personnel of the Russian airbase Khmeimim with songs in Russian. In such an unusual way the Syrian children said thanks to the Russian military. Songs in Russian were accompanied by a military brass band. Members of the creative team «Gvozdika» today learn the Russian language at school as a second foreign language. Source (video).

October 1, 2018. The Russian military brought building materials to a school in the Syrian city of Jerud, which suffered during the hostilities.

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Now there are already more than 300 children in this school, while the number of students is gradually increasing, because people are actively returning to this region liberated from militants.

The teachers did their best and repaired the classrooms. One of the main problems is the lack of furniture. There are not enough places behind the desks for all the students. Officers from the Center for Reconciliation constantly monitor the situation in the areas most affected by the war. Cargo delivery is organized together with the Syrian authorities. Source (video).

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Over the past day, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the warring parties held one humanitarian action. In the camp for internally displaced persons (Adra village, Rif Damascus province), during the action, 250 food packages were distributed with a total weight of 1.07 tons.

In the school «Adib-Al-Ali» in the city of Homs, together with the All-Russian public organization «Combat Brotherhood», a charity event was held, during which 850 schoolbags with stationery were distributed to children. Source.

In addition, a charity event was held in the Bab-Makam district of Aleppo, during which one ton of fresh bread was distributed to needy residents. Source.

October 2, 2018. Russian military distributed two tons of humanitarian aid in Syria’s Hatla.

Over the past day, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties held one humanitarian action in the village of Hatla, Deir-ez-Zor province. During the campaign, 450 food sets were distributed with a total weight of 1.95 tons.

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In the Ansari Mushahad district of Aleppo, a charity event was held, during which one ton of fresh bread was distributed to needy residents. Also, a charity event was held in the village of Jisrin. School students received 500 schoolbags with accessories. Source.

It was reported that Syria will buy Russian railway cars to create a through railway. The head of the Damascus branch of «Syrian Railways», Ridvan Tikriti, said that the country gonna build a large-scale through railway with the help of Russian business. The main objective of the large-scale project is the restoration of transport links between the Syrian provinces and neighboring countries. It is planned to create a through route from Europe to the countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as the construction of railways to Iraq and Turkey. Source.

October 3, 2018. Syrian authorities help children of Hasaka, despite Kurdish protests.

The Syrian Ministry of Education has sent assistance to students and their families living in areas under the control of Kurdish forces. The aid distributed among Syrian citizens included not only textbooks and stationery sets, but also winter clothing.

Part of Hasaka province continues to be under the control of Kurdish forces. Kurdish invaders do not allow the Arab population to continue education in their own language, they are actively imposing their language and culture on the local people.

In early September, the Kurdish police radicals staged a raid on Christian schools in the city of Al-Kamishly. They kicked the employees out of the building and locked the doors. The reason for the raid was the refusal of local teachers to switch to the Kurdish education system. As a result, local residents went to a large-scale protest rally and defended their schools. Source.

October 4, 2018. Russian military in Syria distributed over 4 tons of humanitarian aid and hundreds of school kits.

Over the past day, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties held two humanitarian actions in the village of Assan of Aleppo province, and in the village of Maharda, province of Hama. During the campaign, 1100 food sets were distributed with a total weight of 4.75 tons.

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In addition, in the village of Assan, the distribution of one ton of fresh bread was organized for people in need. In the school “Mohammed Mustafa Morrey” of the city of Aleppo, a charity event was held, during which students were given 410 schoolbags, 410 sets of writing materials, as well as 10 sets of classroom accessories for teachers. Source.

October 6, 2018. The Russian Center for Reconciliation noted that during the past 24 hours no humanitarian actions were carried out, but medical assistance was provided to 47 civilians, including 31 children. Source.

Masters restore electricity in the province of Daraa. Electricity has already returned to 52 settlements of the Daraa province.

The Syrian authorities continue to repair power lines as part of a large-scale restoration of infrastructure destroyed by militants in Daraa province. During the occupation, power stations located in the region were constantly attacked. Militants have stolen transformers and cables, as well as any devices necessary for the supply of electricity. At the moment, installers are actively working to restore full electrical stability in the province of Daraa. Source.

October 7, 2018. Russian military distributed humanitarian aid to the families of the deceased Syrian colleagues. In addition, in the three provinces of Syria, the Russian Center for Reconciliation conducted regular humanitarian actions.

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In districts of the city of Aleppo, targeted charitable assistance was provided to 68 families of dead SAR servicemen with food and hygiene kits. During the humanitarian actions in the settlements of the provinces of Deir-ez-Zor, Latakia and Aleppo, the Russian military distributed 1350 food sets with a total weight of 5.85 tons. Source.

The main road and bridge construction company has completed the rehabilitation of the 100-km Hama — Abu-Duhur highway in Hama province.

Director of the company, Adnan Khabur, said that after the liberation of the area from illegal armed formations, engineers began a technical inspection of the Hama — Abu Duhur route. As a result, the restoration work was carried out as soon as possible — in just two months. The cost of the work amounted to 268 million Syrian pounds.

Repair crews completely removed blockages and cement blocks, thus they managed to extend the road by six meters. New road signs appeared on the track. Source.

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In the Syrian city of Scalbia (Hama province) a cycling marathon was launched in support of the development of culture of the Syrian republic. As part of the event, a memorable photo session was held with officials of the SAR and ordinary citizens.

According to one of the organizers of the cycle marathon, the participants of the sporting event plan to ride bicycles to the walls of Latakia. Source.

October 8, 2018. Syrian archaeologists plan to resume the excavation of the ancient city of Ugarit. A city on the Mediterranean coast has been on the list of candidates for the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site for many years.

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The secrets of the ancient city of Ugarit are practically not disclosed. The main entrance, the throne room… The largest building here, most likely, was the royal palace. From here at all ends stone-lined streets diverge. The city is so well preserved that scientists easily compiled its exact map.

Ugarit originated in the Neolithic era at the intersection of major trade routes. The ancient merchants carried their goods from Babylon to Anatolia. Here was the way from Greece to Egypt. Unique in those times, the megalopolis, hidden for thousands of years under the ground, was discovered only 90 years ago.

With the beginning of the war, archaeological work on the territory of the ancient city ceased. Now, when there is no danger, archaeologists promise to resume the study of Ugarit in the very near future. According to scientists, the city has been explored only 20%. Source (video).

October 9, 2018. Russian military handed over school supplies to East Ghouta. As a result of the humanitarian action, 600 schoolbags and 600 sets of school uniforms were handed over to the administration of the settlement of Jysrein.

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In addition, in the village of Deir-ez-Zor province, the Russian military distributed 450 food sets with a total weight of 1950 kilograms to local residents during a regular humanitarian action. Source.

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Syrian authorities have begun clearing the city of Yarmuk in the suburbs of Damascus. The city was liberated one of the last, only a few months ago, and today the military has successfully cleared the ruins of the city. Now in these quarters is relatively safe. Nevertheless, part of the area is still closed to civilians, and they will be allowed to return only after the excavators have removed huge blocks of concrete and metal. Source (video).

October 10, 2018. In Damascus, a trout farm began work.

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To breed trout is probably the rarest business in Syria. This small fish farm in the remote village of Al-Makrus is the only such farm in the entire metropolitan area. The capacity of the underground source, which feeds the bath with water, is enough to grow a population of not more than fifty thousand individuals. The population of Damascus is about 6 million people. From this one can conclude how the trout in Syria is a delicacy. Source (video).

Water enters the tanks immediately from under the ground, does not stagnate, does not have time to heat up, but is still not cold enough for the trout to spawn. Farm owner Yasser al-Khattyb buys fry in neighboring Lebanon. In Syria, there are no suitable conditions for nurseries. Source.

Syrian authorities rebuild schools in Aleppo, destroyed by militants. The cost of the project to repair schools located in the liberated province of Aleppo and its environs is 400 million Syrian pounds. About five hundred schools in the province of Aleppo and its surroundings have already been repaired and fully restored. All work was completed in time for the beginning of the school year. Source.

Syrian authorities restore water supply in the province of Homs. They are actively developing a program to provide drinking water to residents of the village of Al-Rayyan and other neighborhoods in the province of Homs after returning security to the region. This area signed a reconciliation agreement about two years ago. The villages around Homs are famous for their olive and almond trees. Source.

October 11, 2018. The exhibition «The Returned Treasures of Syria» opened in Damascus.

In this exhibition, each item is a former bandit trophy returned by the Syrian army. A special task is to search for caches of objects of ancient art, collect them in the headquarters and offices of the ringleaders. To give into the hands of the restorers of the National Museum of Syria.

This exhibition — the message of Syria to the whole world that the country was able to preserve its culture in the most difficult time. Nothing has threatened these artifacts since their inception, as vandals of the 21st century. More than 9 thousand mutilated objects of art are now in the repository. And 500 of them that have already been restored, are now in one of the halls of the museum. Source.

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The Syrian military for several years found about 20 thousand antiques in the liberated territories in Syria. Many need restoration. The total value of the treasures returned to Syria is difficult to imagine. For example, only two coins minted during the time of Alexander the Great, by the most approximate calculations, can cost from 300 to 400 thousand dollars each. The best Russian specialists promised to assist in the restoration of the ancient monuments. Source (video).

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Experts continue to work on the reconstruction of the Umayyad Great Mosque, which has suffered greatly at the hands of the terrorists who occupied the Syrian city of Aleppo. According to the head of the project to restore the most important architectural monument of Aleppo, Sahar Alyabi, the reconstruction of the Umayyad mosque will take place in several stages. The material that is used by experts similar to the one that was taken to build a mosque. In addition, when repairing specialists use mixtures to eliminate traces of fire.

The Umayyad Mosque is considered one of the oldest and largest in the world. According to legend, it is in this mosque that the tomb of Father John the Baptist is located.

The building was erected around a huge courtyard that connects the various areas and minarets of the mosque. The Umayyad court is known for its black and white pavement made of stone. On it you can see the numerous geometric shapes. In addition, there are two fountains in the courtyard of the mosque. Umayyad Mosque and the market next to it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Source.

Hama farmers restore cotton harvest destroyed by militants. Cotton harvest was one of the most important crops in the vicinity of the province of Hama before the outbreak of military conflict in the republic. However, during the years of military operations in Syria, cotton production fell by 2% due to repeated attacks by terrorist organizations on farmers and agricultural land, water sources and irrigation systems in the region.

When safety and stability returned to Hama, farmers began to engage in land again. It is expected that in the future the crop of cotton in the province will grow significantly and even surpass the pre-war figures. Source.

Daraa City Council opens new roads in the province. According to local residents, the opening of new highways between the cities of Dar’a province will make their lives much easier for them, reducing the travel time from one point to another. In addition, it helps to reduce congestion on the already open roads and reduce the number of traffic jams on narrow lanes.

At the moment, the Dar’a provincial authorities are actively engaged in restoring the infrastructure destroyed by the militants — repairing the water supply system, power lines, and sewage. Municipal facilities, residential buildings, schools, hospitals, kindergartens are being restored. After liberation, the industrial and craft sectors gradually resume their work in the province. Thus, new jobs have appeared in the region. Source.

October 12, 2018. First graduates of the Russian language department received diplomas in Damascus university. Source (video).

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The group of graduates is small (17 people), but this is only the beginning. A group of graduates will soon fly to Russia to improve their skills. And after — one hundred percent guarantee of employment. Russian companies are beginning to engage in the restoration of Syria, and translators are in great demand. Source.

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The servicemen of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria conducted another humanitarian action in the province of Al-Quneitra, during which they distributed 300 sets of foodstuffs, as well as 300 sets of warm clothes, to civilians. Also, at the stadium in the city of Aleppo, the Russian military handed over to the children’s sports school 120 basketball sets and 40 balls, which were provided by the Russian basketball club «Lokomotiv-Kuban». Source.

October 13, 2018. In the Syrian city of Jabla (Latakia province), for the first time in many years, a new bypass road was built.

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The road connects several parts of the city and goes to the regional road. The road is designed for 10 years of work without repair. It consists of four lanes with separated oncoming traffic, has lighting throughout and traffic lights at intersections. Sideways are planned to be made on the sidewalks. The road belongs to the city and passes along new residential areas. There is no name for the new street yet, a vote was announced in Jabla so that each resident could offer his own version. Source.

The length of the new section of the road is 4 kilometers. The new road is built according to the most modern technologies and standards. Source (video).

October 14, 2018. The Russian military brought a ton of humanitarian aid to the residents of the Syrian Al-Quneitra. These are products and medicines. The military brought canned meat, flour, sugar and tea — about a ton of food total. Russian doctors too arrived in the village. Source.

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For the first time in several years, residents of a village in the province of Quneitra in southwestern Syria were able to see a doctor. The local clinic was destroyed when the terrorists entered. Russian doctors take in the first place children, which are many here. In addition to advices on how to treat certain diseases, Russian doctors have brought the necessary medicines. Source (video).

The city council of the Syrian Deir-ez-Zor launched the second stage of the reconstruction of the region, which includes the removal of fragments and rubble from the streets adjacent to the Al-Hamidiyah quarter.

At the moment, special machines are working on the sidewalk cleaning on a street parallel to Al-Hamidiyah. Work will be carried out right up to the Municipal Stadium and Al-Hagan Street. Source.

October 15, 2018. Thanks to specialists from the Russian Federation, checkpoints were opened on the border of the Syrian republic with Jordan and Israel.

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The Syrian flag was raised above the «Kuneutra» checkpoint. At about three hundred meters abroad, Israeli flag is already visible. Now the control of humanitarian processes in the area will be taken on by the International Red Cross. The checkpoint has been closed since 2012, when terrorists seized the province of Al-Kuneytra.

In addition to the border with Israel, a checkpoint on the border with Jordan was opened. Freight traffic through the «Nasib» checkpoint stopped due to the war in 2015. And it is finally restored. Source.

Syrian authorities rebuild schools in Idlib destroyed by militants. During the inspection of the destroyed premises, it turned out that all educational institutions suffered significant damage.

At the moment, schools are partly funded by various international organizations. First of all, it is necessary for the rehabilitation of Syrian refugees who have returned to their homeland, who received shelter after the liberation of the region from terrorist groups. Source.

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The general company for the maintenance of roads and bridges in Syria has completed the restoration of the eastern road Aleppo — Hama, the length of which is 205 kilometers. The total project cost was 270 million Syrian pounds.

As part of the project to restore the Aleppo — Hama highway, the masters repaired areas that were destroyed or seriously damaged by the actions of terrorist organizations. Thus, civilians were able to reduce their road to settlements located in the north-east of Hama province. In addition, the restoration of the main road made it much easier to reach villages and cities in the vicinity of Idlib province. Source.

October 16, 2018. Over the past day, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties held one humanitarian action in the village of Hsham, Deir-ez-Zor Province. During the campaign, 450 food sets were distributed with a total weight of 1.95 tons. Also, the Russian military distributed one ton of fresh bread to residents of the Sukari district on the southern outskirts of the city of Aleppo. Source.

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The leadership of the Crimea arrived in the capital of Syria almost at full strength. The purpose of the visit is to organize an economic partnership. The delegation also plans to establish direct flights, create a joint shipping company, open a Syrian trading house on the Crimean peninsula. In addition, the guests from the Crimea want to organize interaction in the field of tourism, construction and agriculture.

Following the visit, a memorandum on trade and economic cooperation was signed, and the Syrian President received an invitation to the Yalta Economic Forum, which will be held in April 2019. Source (video) / Photos.

October 17, 2018. During the day, 357 civilians, including 133 children, and 17 pieces of equipment, were withdrawn through the humanitarian corridor “Abu al-Dukhur” to the eastern part of Idlib province. Also, Russian military doctors provided medical care to 290 applicants, of whom 109 were children.

In addition, the officers of the Russian Reconciliation Center held another humanitarian action in the city of Aleppo. Thus, one ton of fresh bread was distributed to civilians, and 15 families of the dead soldiers of the government army received food and hygiene kits. Source.

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Thanks to the Russian Reconciliation Center, the first [after war] bakery started working in Daraa. A new bakery daily produces 9 tons of bread, but the need is 16 tons. The second workshop is now hastily equipped. Source (video).

77 out of 97 hospitals and clinics were put in order in the region. In Daraa province, most schools are running — 778. Although 373 schools cannot be restored. Local authorities select buildings that are suitable for arranging classes in order to fill the shortage of school places. Source.

October 18, 2018. Over the past day, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties held two humanitarian actions in the village of Kwara of Hama province and the village of Tell-Alam of Aleppo province.

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During the campaign, 800 food sets were distributed with a total weight of 3.45 tons. In addition, in the village of Tell-Alam distribution of the needy residents of one ton of fresh bread was organized. In the area of Saal Ad-Ansari in the south-western outskirts of the city of Aleppo, a charity event was held, during which one ton of fresh bread was distributed to the needy residents. Source.

Repair brigades continue to clear the streets of Deir-ez-Zor from debris. Work on the beautification of the city, liberated from terrorist organizations, will be completed in a short time. Largely thanks to the help of local residents it was possible to do in such a short time.

Soon, Deir-ez-Zor should also be recovered with sewer electrical networks, expanding asphalt paving on the roads, rebuilding schools and government offices located in the Al-Hamidiya district. It is worth noting that television and radio broadcasting was recently restored in the region. This happened for the first time since the beginning of the military conflict. The Syrian authorities are doing everything possible to attract as many refugees to the empty city as possible. Source.

October 19, 2018. Migration center opened at the «Nasib» checkpoint in Daraa province. Here every Syrian arriving the country, who evaded military service, could settle his position.

Colonel Mazen Ganur, head of the migration center at the «Nasib» checkpoint, said that every Syrian citizen who lost his personal documents may apply for assistance at the SAR embassy in Jordan to get special permission to return home. Subsequently, his personal business will be considered in the migration center, where he will be given new identity documents. Source.

The settlement of Seyda in Daraa province gradually returns to normal after the Syrian Arab army returned security and stability to the region.

Currently, the city administration is working to increase the technical services working in the city for the speedy restoration of the damaged infrastructure and the return of the forced refugees. The authorities of the city of Seyda are developing an emergency plan for the speedy restoration of vital services. All this is done in cooperation with civilians. Source.

October 21, 2018. Russian military delivered important humanitarian aid to one of Damascus clinics. They provided wheelchairs and blankets for a medical center in Damascus, where Syrian fighters are recovering from fighting with the militants.

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25 wheelchairs, 50 towels, 50 winter blankets were brought. Assistance was provided with the assistance of the Akhmat Kadyrov Foundation. In the coming days, the Russian military are planning to go to the next hospital to support the real heroes who have defended their country.

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Every year more than one and a half thousand Syrian soldiers pass through this rehabilitation center, who were seriously wounded in the battles for the liberation of their country. Leaving these walls, they leave their photos on a makeshift tree as a memento. Now, in gratitude, the Russian flag will appear in the same place. Source (video).

October 22, 2018. In the south-west of Syria, in Bosra, scientists restore the Roman amphitheater. Monument of ancient architecture, located on the border with Jordan, restored after liberation from the militants.

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Bosra is considered the most ancient city in the world. Before the war, the amphitheater hosted every year concerts for 15,000 people, to which people came from all over the world. The ancient city of Bosra was liberated from militants in July 2018. Thanks to the successful negotiations of the officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation, the terrorists surrendered the city to the Syrian military without a fight. In many ways, this is why the priceless monuments of the city’s architecture have almost never been destroyed. Source (video).

As part of the development of cooperation between Moscow and Damascus in the field of education, the Russian Cultural Center for Science and Culture organized an exhibition at the Tishrin Central Library in Latakia. In total, 12 state universities of Russia took part in it.

The main task of the Russian educational exhibition in Latakia is to inform Syrian applicants about the structure of the educational system in Russian universities. In addition, both sides hope to strengthen Russian-Syrian relations in the field of education. As a result of the event, dozens of students expressed a desire to get an education in Russia. Source.

Syrian authorities are restoring the University in Hasaka after liberation from terrorism. The Al-Furat University Office in Hasaka, Syria, has completed 60% of the work on rebuilding faculties affected by terrorist groups. Thanks to the efforts of the Syrian government army and its allies, university staff and students were able to return to normal life.

Now, students of the Syrian university can safely take exams, which were postponed due to the situation in the province. In particular, at the moment, the teaching staff of the university holds a session with students of faculties of economics, arts and education.

It is expected that the full restoration of the university building will be completed by the end of 2018. Not so long ago, Kurdish forces tried to close the university. Fortunately, they failed to do this. After popular pressure on the Kurdish leadership, Al-Furat was again open to students. Source.

October 23, 2018. The Syrian military began demining in the Syrian city of Dariya.

All dangerous items that are transportable, sappers collect in one place. These are tank shells right in the transporting tubes, mortar ammunition, rocket launchers (jet nozzles), grenades, small arms cartridges. The area for the «general cleaning» is divided into squares, and all this «garbage» is cleaned only on one of them. While some fighters are preparing detonation, others continue searching in the next city block. One month is given to cleaning this suburb of Damascus. Source.

For terrorists, the Dariya region was of major strategic importance. This was their last stronghold in an attempt to take Damascus, so it was here that the fiercest battles took place. Now the former residential neighborhoods are completely destroyed. As soon as the sappers finish the inspection of a particular site, their place is occupied by repair teams. They demolish the destroyed buildings and prepare sites for the construction of new houses. Source (video).

In the area of the Euphrates River in the Syrian province of Deir-ez-Zor, a mill began to work, which used to provide flour for most of the region. Before the beginning of the military conflict, this mill produced 65 tons of flour daily, thus covering the needs of half the inhabitants of the southern province.

After the return of the Syrian government army to the region, the mill returned to work. The internally displaced persons who have returned to their homes help distribute flour between the inhabitants of Deir-ez-Zor and its surroundings.

In the near future, an additional production line will be opened at the mill, which will allow producing up to 120 tons of flour per day. Source.

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A solemn celebration with the participation of the Russian side was held in the northern part of the province of Homs. The event is timed to the numerous victories of the Syrian government army, which returned security to the region.

Participants in the national meeting, which was also attended by residents of neighboring Syrian provinces, expressed their joy and admiration for the return of stability to a country that had been in a state of crisis for a long time. Source.

October 24, 2018. A large reservoir is built in the mountains of the Syrian Tartus. A new reservoir that can accumulate up to 25 thousand cubic meters of water will solve the irrigation problem for local farmers.

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A team of civil engineers erects a unique hydraulic structure, which very soon will fundamentally solve the problem of a serious shortage of water for irrigating olives and nut trees, whose gardens are located near these places. The new reservoir will be able to accumulate up to 25 thousand cubic meters of water. And absolutely all local residents will be able to use the water, for free. Source (video).

Syrian authorities are restoring nearly two thousand homes — 1883 residential houses, 162 power substations, as well as 180 water pumping stations are being restored in the country. Reconstruction of social infrastructure facilities affected by the militants is also being carried out. Thus, at present, in the Arab Republic, the authorities are preparing to pass 154 medical institutions, 163 kindergartens, as well as 182 schools. All this is done with a view to the speedy return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes. Source.

October 25, 2018. Russian military distributed a ton of bread to the inhabitants of Aleppo: a charity event was held in the Sahra-Awad area on the eastern outskirts of the city of Aleppo, during which the distribution of one ton of fresh bread was organized to the needy residents.

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In the districts of El-Suryan, El-Mualimin, El-Jabal, Balalat, El-Calas in the city of Aleppo the Russian military also provided targeted assistance to 15 Syrian families in dire social straits. Source.

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Refugees and deserters began to return from Jordan to Syria through the «Nasib» checkpoint. Customs officers at the border checkpoint «Nasib» between Syria and Jordan are working in an emergency mode. The passage, closed for several years because of terrorists, has resumed work. Refugees are returning from Jordanian territory to Syria through this passage. Among them are the former Syrian military, who left the service and fled abroad because of fears of being captured by militants. Now, amnesty has been declared for them.

Each soldier waited for several years to have a chance to get to Syria. Before opening the “Nasib”, Russian sappers carried out engineering reconnaissance and complete demining of the entire territory of the checkpoint. Now the construction crews are quickly repairing the buildings of the frontier detachment, customs and the shop that have suffered from the attacks of terrorists. Source (video).

Checkpoint «Nasib» is one of the largest in Syria, which received 30-40 thousand tourists and people crossing the border for other needs before the war. As well as several thousand cars. Now the «Nasib» checkpoint is used by about a thousand people a day. The number of people willing to cross the border is growing daily.

A couple of kilometers from the checkpoint, the first wholesale market has already appeared on the Syrian side. The harvest season is in full swing, and merchants from neighboring countries have a lot to profit from. Source.

October 26, 2018. Syrian authorities have begun repairing the largest pumping station in the province of Daraa. The General Directorate of Water Resources in Daraa Province has begun repairing the «Naima» pumping station, located east of the administrative center.

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This station is needed to irrigate farm communities located in rural areas in the east of Daraa Province. During the military conflict, terrorist groups attacked this station, cutting off the power of water networks. On the territory of the «Naima» station is a reservoir that holds two thousand cubic meters of water. With the help of a powerful pump, the reservoir managed to feed several dozen farmer’s plantations, in the region of which about 200 thousand people lived. Source.

Schools destroyed by militants are being rebuilt in Al-Quneitra. In the liberated schools in the Syrian province of Al-Quneitra, lessons began again. The learning process in educational institutions of Al-Quneitra started despite the fact that some schools still remain destroyed. Now the local repair teams are working on the restoration of the buildings.

Most of these schools suffered from the hands of terrorist groups, which for many years kept the entire province at bay. As a rule, the classes in which children had previously studied, terrorists used as their own headquarters and warehouses for weapons storage. Source.

The exhibition of rural products was held in the Syrian province of Damascus. The event was organized specifically for victims of the military conflict.

The exhibition featured products made by female masters. Each individual product had its own history of creation. It is expected that the exhibition will last for five days. In total, it was presented 300 different projects, distributed in special pavilions. Among the food industry at the exhibition were presented dairy products, fruits, vegetables, many types of jam, honey, juices, sweets and pastries.

In addition, separate pavilions were allocated for the sale of cosmetics, ceramic tableware, knitted items, soap, perfume and much more. Source.

October 27, 2018. Repair crews restore the main power station in Daraa.

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Repair crews managed to restore the Sheikh Miskin electrical station in the vicinity of Daraa province on 60%. It is Sheikh Miskin which connects all communication stations in the region. The craftsmen work day and night in order to set up the line as quickly as possible, which supplies electricity to 11 transformer stations in Daraa province. Source.

Pupils of the Sakba School of East Ghouta, which was restored after the departure of terrorists, held an exhibition of amateur performances in honor of the numerous victories of the Syrian government army.

At the moment, most schools in East Ghouta are still undergoing the process of repairing the damage caused by the militants, who for many years kept the region under occupation. The Syrian authorities are doing everything possible to ensure that children return to their desks as quickly as possible. Having taken brushes and paints in their hands, the children painted the walls of the dilapidated school to give the walls defiled by the militants more joy and love. Source.

October 28, 2018. The only Syrian island of Arvad, located in the Mediterranean, is ready to receive foreign tourists. The administration of the island declared its readiness to receive tourists.

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So far, the island is popular only among the Syrians themselves. However, the authorities were able to prepare the island, which is famous for its rich history and attractions, for receiving guests. Source.

October 29, 2018. After a seven-year break, the National Museum opened in Damascus.

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A priceless collection of antiquities is on display for all to see, some of the exhibits had to be literally saved from terrorists. The entrance to the museum on October 28 and 29 was made free for visitors. While only part of the premises is open, the rest are still being restored. There is no such collection of antiquities in any museum of the world. Exhibits began to collect 100 years ago. Specialists from 20 countries gathered at the opening of the National Museum. Source (video).

October 30, 2018. In the Syrian settlement of Drusha in the suburb of Damascus power supply is being restored after war.

Restoration of this settlement is well under way. More than six thousand people lived here before the war. When terrorists came here, the town has become empty. Receding, bandits used to plunder and destroy, but still life in Drusha promptly gets better. About four thousand inhabitants have already returned to their homes.

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Not on all streets in Drusha there is a lighting, there is also no centralized water supply yet. Many houses still stand in ruins, but the main thing is that process is started, and construction crews receive all necessary. The complete recovery of the settlement is planned to be finished within half a year. Source (video).

Repair crews have begun to restore the ancient squares Al-Basil and Al-Alyam in the Syrian province of El-Quneytra. These two squares are a symbol of fight between Syria and Israel for the Province of El-Quneytra. During terrorist occupation they have been partially destroyed. Restoration of these squares is a necessary and important point not only for residents of Syria, but also for the whole world. Source.

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