Syria. Monthly Review (November 2018)

October (+September) 2018 review is here.

 

May you rise, beautiful ancient country.

 


November 1, 2018. Unique exhibition in the province of Lattakia was held.

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Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr opened an exhibition right on the roof of his house in South Dahia, in the province of Lattakia. Many of the paintings presented at the exhibition were made of stones. All exhibits were exhibited directly in the open air, so that everyone could join the artist’s work. Nizar Ali Badr is considered one of the discoverers of this type of sculpture.

It is worth noting that the exhibition, organized by Nizar Ali Badr, was attended by a number of cultural and public figures of Syria, who decided to support the work of the famous artist. Source (more photos).

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In East Ghouta, work is actively underway to dismantle rubble. The civilians in East Ghouta are returning to their homes from refugee camps. At the moment, with the use of construction equipment, work is underway to clean up the streets of East Ghouta, which the militants had previously held. Many homes can not be restored. They will be demolished, and in their place a new ones will be build. Source (video).

Restoration of road infrastructure in the village of Misraba in East Ghouta, almost destroyed during the war, has been completed by 70%, repair work will be fully completed in the coming months. Source.

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Syria may raise the issue of joining the EEU. To enter the EEU, Syria needs to conclude customs agreements, settle legislation and obtain the consent of all member countries.

This was told to the «Izvestia» newspaper by the Minister of Economy of the Republic, Samer al-Khalil. The Minister noted that it is difficult to name the exact dates when the Syrian economy will reach the pre-war level of development, but, according to estimates, it can take “up to 10 years, no less” to restore it. Also, the official did not rule out that, after the internal political situation is stabilized, Syria may begin to produce oil on the shelf. Source.

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A dairy factory operated by ‘Almarai Aldemshkieh’ in East Ghouta, one of the largest dairy factories in Syria which was destroyed by militants, will renew its operation in seven months, said the factory’s head, Wissam al-Manfush. The plant located in Misraba was blown up by militants. About 500 people worked there before the war, and the cow population was about 1,000. There are 60 [animals] left there now. Before the war, the factory produced a wide range of milk products, including sour cream, kefir and cheese. Now restoration work is underway. Source.

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Russia will create in Syria the largest hub for the export of Russian grain in the Middle East region. As part of a full-scale project, it is planned to create the necessary transport infrastructure, SAR Transport Minister Ali Hamoud told RIA Novosti.

“Together with the Russian government, we have reached an agreement on the establishment in Syria of a center for exporting Russian wheat to other countries in the region. Therefore, it will be necessary to expand the ports in the SAR and create granaries in the port area to receive very large volumes of Russian wheat“, — said the minister.

According to the minister, Syria sees the «real interest» of the Russian side in studying this strategically important project. Source.

November 2, 2018. In the Syrian city of Izra, they decided to restore the Orthodox Church of St. George the Victorious, which was heavily damaged by military actions.

Local residents were hiding in the temple from the shells of militants, who have repeatedly tried to attack the building. But the temple survived. As a result, the terrorists did not manage to seize the city. It was planned to start the restoration work five years ago, but the war prevented it. Source.

In the near future, Russian restorers are planning to come to Izra to begin the restoration of the Church of St. George the Victorious. This unique architectural monument was built in 515 on the site of a pagan sanctuary and withstood the bombing of terrorists.

Saint George is the patron saint of Moscow and the whole Russian army. And Russia has always kept in touch with this temple in Syria. Moreover, 100 years ago, Russia participated in the repair of this temple. The main dome was split by an earthquake. The money for the restoration was allocated by Nicholas II personally. Source (video).

November 3, 2018. Syrian farmers are planning to resume the export of olive oil abroad, temporarily stopped because of the war.

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Olive oil from Syria may appear on the shelves of Russian stores. Very soon, local farmers and processors promise to start supplying quality and inexpensive product to Russia. Before the war they used to export oil to many countries.

Now on the Syrian plantations is a hot period. So that the harvest does not deteriorate, it must be harvested as soon as possible. Olives are harvested not with bare hands, but with the help of special combs. Despite the fact that apparently the olive trees seem small, from each of them one may collect 20-30 kg of fruit. Syrians produce excellent olive oil of this fruit.

During the season, the plant (the only one in the district) processes up to a thousand tons of olives. Now that the plantations have begun to revive, the most valuable product can return to the international market. Source (video).

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Deir Attiyah-1 gas field in Syria, north of Damascus, with a capacity of 150 thousand m³ per day was put into operation after a long break due to the crisis in the country. The Minister of Oil, Ali Ghanem, took part in the ceremony of starting the gas field.

Due to the crisis in the country that broke out in 2011, the field was closed. According to the department, gas reserves in it amount to about 4 billion m³. Currently, work is underway to connect this field with another two north of Damascus. Source.

November 4, 2018. Over the past day, the Russian military held three more actions on the distribution of humanitarian aid in the Syrian provinces.

Officers of the Center for Reconciliation held one charity event at the Qatana Hospital in Rif Damascus province. Also, in the Sheikh-Ahmed district of Aleppo, as part of distributing targeted charitable assistance, the Russian military distributed 15 food kits to local residents. In the village of Marrat, Deir-ez-Zor province, 450 food sets were distributed. Source.

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Complexes of industrial and commercial premises specifically for employment of the poor are planned to be built in the city of Bharma in the Syrian province of Lattakia during the year. The construction of the first building is underway, the authorities allocated 650 million Syrian lire (about 1.3 million dollars) to it, it will be opened in February 2019. Subsequently, three more similar buildings will be built nearby. The total cost of the project will be more than 1 billion lire (1.9 million dollars). The complexes will be located on an area of 30 hectares.

The project is implemented at the expense of public funds and is intended for employment of the poor — at preferential prices they can rent premises for workshops in the building or organize small production. On the lower floors of the first building 130 workshops for the repair of refrigerators, motorcycles, cars, plastic windows will be opened. The upper floors will occupy eight workshops, where people will produce olive oil, cheap knitwear and thread.

Bharma was chosen for the construction of buildings because of its high population density. In the city and surrounding villages live more than 150 thousand people. It is expected that, thanks to the implementation of the project, more than 3 thousand Syrians will receive work. Source / Source2.

November 5, 2018. In the Syrian Arab Republic, work continues on the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the provision of comprehensive assistance to Syrian citizens.

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Over the past day, the officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the warring parties held one humanitarian action in the province of Rif Damascus, during which 300 food sets were distributed to Syrian civilians. Source.

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The old city court building in the city of Haffa in the Syrian province of Lattakia, built about 100 years ago and exploded by militants during the war, will be reconstructed by January 2019, Haffa mayor Raed Ibrahim told reporters.

The building where the City Court of Haffa was located, the city hall and the police station, was built about 100 years ago in the tradition of Eastern architecture. In appearance it resembled a palace. When militants captured Haffa during the war, the building was ransacked, the archive of the court and the police where the criminal cases were kept were destroyed, and then the building was blown up.

As noted by engineer Fadi Julie, who manages the construction work, old stones that survived the explosion are used to restore the building. Source.

November 6, 2018. The unique «World Butterfly Exhibition» opened in Aleppo, Syria.

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The new science exhibition is aimed primarily at the younger generation. Thus, the organizers decided to arrange a contest in which children can vote for the most beautiful butterfly. According to the head of the exhibition, now such events are vital for Syria. The atmosphere of fun and joy will help the younger generation to forget about the bitterness of the many years of war, which already traumatized the little guests too much.

It is worth noting that this is not the first such event. Increasingly, various cultural exhibitions, fairs, concerts, festivals, sporting events, marathons and demonstrations are held on the territory of Syria liberated from illegal armed groups. All of this speaks primarily of the fact that with the arrival of the Syrian government army and the withdrawal of the militants, the civilian population finally could feel safe. People are gradually returning to the usual way of life. Source.

November 7, 2018. Destroy to build again: Syrian Harasta is being prepared for restoration.

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Many of the buildings for several months are kept only on steel armature and at any time may collapse. The building in the heart of the village Harasta can not be restored. Engineers examined it with the help of special equipment and concluded that it was unsuitable for life and, moreover, dangerous. So, it should be demolished. Before the war, about 45 thousand people lived in Harasta. Now there are just over two thousand. Many streets have yet to be cleared so that construction equipment could get there. Source.

It will take about a year to restore the Syrian city of Harasta in the Rif Damascus province. This was reported to journalists by the head of the administration of Harasta, Adnan Alvozach. Work on the restoration of the Syrian city are from the beginning of this year. 26 units of construction equipment are involved in the dismantling of [damaged] buildings. Source.

The first after war restaurant opened in East Ghouta. A small restaurant brings a little profit — people don’t have a lot of money here, and the prices are half as much as in Damascus. But the owner of the restaurant, Basel, says that he did not invest here on a cold business calculation, but more with his heart. Source.

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On November 7, the first flight of ‘Cham Wings’ from Damascus arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, Russia. The airport’s press service reports that the flight Damascus — Moscow — Damascus will be a weekly flight. Flights on the Airbus A320 will be operated on Wednesdays. Syrian Cham Wings Airlines began operating flights to Russia in June, 2018. Until November 7, Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport took Cham Wings Airlines flights. Source.

November 8, 2018. Russia helps Syria to restore its fuel and energy facilities.

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Currently, the Russian Ministry of Energy is involved in the rehabilitation and modernization of Syria’s gas transmission networks, its oil pipelines, refineries, power lines, gas and oil wells, and the four largest thermal power plants — «Aleppo», «Mehardeh», «Tishrin» and «Deir-ez-Zor». The implementation of all these plans will create in Syria a significant number of jobs and conditions for the return of peaceful life in the country. Source.

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The Syrian government will open a rehabilitation and psychological support center for former militants. This was stated by the representative of the Ministry of National Reconciliation of the Arab Republic, Yana Haddur. The tasks of the center will include psychological support and reintegration of former militants who have stopped resistance and settled their legal status. Additional support and social welfare for their families is also provided. Source (video).

Despite the fact that Daraa province came under the control of official Damascus only this summer, the Syrian government has already done a lot to restore normal life in the area. Syrian authorities continue the first stage of maintenance work on the main reservoir, which will deliver water to all parts of Daraa.

The reservoir, located in the Al-Arbain area, was severely damaged due to the criminal activities of terrorist groups that previously controlled territories in the south-west of the Syrian Arab Republic. The reservoir capacity is 10 thousand m³, and it is expected that the repair work will be completed before the end of this year. Repair shops workers confirmed their willingness to work around the clock to meet the needs of citizens in Daraa. Source.

November 9, 2018. The world famous castle Krak des Chevaliers in Syria for the first time in seven years has opened its doors for tourists.

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For almost a thousand years of history, a fortress in the province of Homs has survived hundreds of attacks and wars. The fortress also survived after being captured by terrorists. Now it is being actively restored, first of all ancient arches, built by the crusaders, are being repaired. The first after the war visitors to the legendary castle were Russian citizens who have long been living in Syria. Source (video).

The castle is still closed to visit, one can only get there as part of an organized group. With songs, dancing and laughter, the Russians «conquered» the Krak des Chevaliers fortress in Syria. These are mainly Russian wives of Syrians, who during the war could not even leave the city. Source (video).

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In Syria, in a week, civilians moved in about 150 houses. Also, during this period, the Syrian authorities launched eight industrial enterprises and three electrical substations. In addition, during the week, 2 schools, 4 bakeries, 1 medical institution, 1 pre-school institution, and 1 water supply facility were repaired and put into operation. Source.

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Syrian companies took part in the first International Import EXPO in Shanghai, which gave them the opportunity to show others that the country is alive, that the Syrian people are returning to business and can participate in international business events with everyone.

The head of the Damascus company Abu Bader Yassin Haydar said that the company brought about 500 kilograms of sweets to participate in the exhibition so that everyone could taste it. There were a lot of people who wanted to try Syrian sweets. Source.

November 10. 2018. Production of natural marble resumed in Lattakia.

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Every stone in the factory in Lattakia is carefully monitored. The main thing is not to have the slightest flaws: cracks or foreign inclusions. Stone’s value depends on its purity. Natural Syrian marble has always been one of the main wealth of the Republic. When the war began, the demand for marble fell several times. Nevertheless, the plant in Lattakia did not stop work even during the hostilities. Now, when large-scale restoration has begun in Syria, orders for this material are growing every day.

The factory produces about 200 thousand m³ of tiles per year. Next year, the plant director assures, the production volumes will increase significantly. The reserves of natural stone will be enough for at least another 50 years. Source (video).

November 11, 2018. The process of restoring a peaceful life in Syria continues.

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In the city of Deir-ez-Zor a working meeting was held with the heads of administrations of the settlements of the province of Deir-ez-Zor. During the meeting, problematic issues of restoring socially significant objects were worked out.

Also, a humanitarian actions were held in the settlements of Mazlum (Deir-ez-Zor province) and Kubbet El-Kurdi (Hama province), during which 900 food packages were distributed to people.

As part of a charity event, 10 wheelchairs, 25 sets of towels and warm blankets, and clothes for patients were handed over to a military hospital in the village of Es-Sanamein in the province of Daraa. Source.

November 12, 2018. Russian servicemen delivered humanitarian aid to the suburbs of Damascus.

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Humanitarian aid was received by refugees from the Adra-Duer camp. In total, two tons of food was distributed to Syrians. There are more than two thousand people in the Adra-Duer camp today. The queue for humanitarian aid from Russia was divided into two parts, male and female. Each of the Syrians received a special coupon to get food. Before the war, there was a children’s camp like the Russian “Artek”, where the most gifted children were invited.

In the food sets there are the most necessary things — flour, rice, sugar and tea. But traditionally, the mission was not limited to the transfer of products: Russian military doctors arrived at the camp as well. They assisted women and children. According to doctors, young patients mostly suffer from colds, the elderly — hypertension and osteochondrosis. Syrians thanked servicemen for help and support. Source (video).

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By the beginning of the school year, about a thousand schools were restored in Syria after the war, of which about 250 are in the Aleppo area, said the deputy head of the Center for Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Major General Yevgeny Kharchenko at a meeting with representatives of the public and local authorities in Damascus. The military noted that the process of restoring the Syrian schools continues.

Kharchenko added that, along with the restoration of infrastructure, the Reconciliation Center together with governmental and non-governmental organizations provides humanitarian and charitable assistance. For the first half of 2018 alone, the Center for Reconciliation, together with funds, distributed more than 600 tons of food, 900 tons of bread, various humanitarian and medical kits to refugees and low-income citizens. Source.

Olive production resumed in the Syrian province of Al-Quneitra after the withdrawal of terrorist groups. Currently, the region has launched production of 40 tons of olives daily. New olive production figures equivalent to Syria’s prewar economic gains in Al-Quneitra province. Source.

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Officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria delivered humanitarian assistance, including clothing and bread, to the city of Aleppo.

Two humanitarian operations were conducted in Aleppo. A total of 150 school backpacks with school kits were handed out to pupils in the Fatih Marashi school in the Ashaar neighborhood. As many as 150 outfits and 150 blankets were distributed among civilians in the Julub neighborhood. Apart from that, one tonne of fresh bread was handed out. Source.

November 13, 2018. Russian «Aeroflot» is considering the possibility of opening flights to Syria as part of the summer schedule, that is, from the end of March 2019.

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The company’s general director, Vitaly Savelyev, told reporters that the winter schedule has been formed, so a possible option that is being considered is flights from the summer schedule, that is, from March. “We are studying this issue”, said Saveliev. “First of all, there must be demand. One thing is a wish that we are ready, another thing is that people are ready to fly”.

In 2012, «Aeroflot» suspended flights to Syria, explaining that it was economically inexpedient. Currently, two Syrian airlines operate flights from Russia to Syria: Cham Wings Airlines and Syrian Arab Airlines. Source.

November 14, 2018. Russian military held a humanitarian action in the province of Aleppo.

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A humanitarian action was held in the village of Rayyan, Aleppo Province, during which 450 food sets and one ton of fresh bread were distributed to people in need. Since the beginning of the settlement process, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the warring parties held a 1991 humanitarian actions. The total weight of humanitarian aid amounted to 3118.36 tons. Source.

In Syria, the restoration of the city of Daraa began. It was there that the fiercest battles took place. Now the city is almost completely destroyed, but residents are gradually returning. The streets are filled with construction equipment, hospitals and even a local museum are opening, in which they managed to preserve part of the surviving cultural heritage. Source.

November 15, 2018. The Russian military held humanitarian actions in the Syrian provinces of Hama and Rif-Damascus.

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In the administration of the village of Al-Husseinia, Deir-ez-Zor province, a working meeting was held with representatives of local self-government and the parties’ reconciliation committee on the rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities in Deir-ez-Zor province. In the village of Sheikh-Rih of Hama province, a humanitarian action was held, during which 450 food packages were distributed. A targeted charity event was held in the village of Barza, Rif Damascus province, during which 25 wheelchairs, 25 towels, 25 warm blankets were given to the needy. Source.

The police of Hasaka preparing new personnel to ensure the safety of local residents. At the moment, the battalion is engaged in active restoration of personnel through the introduction of new training courses, in which recruits have the opportunity to develop their physical data, to psychologically prepare for new work.

Future policemen actively demonstrate a great desire to work on their skills in order to demonstrate professional fitness at the end of training. New members of the internal security forces took upon themselves the obligation to defend their homeland, which for a long time was in a state of military action, as a result of which more than three thousand Syrian soldiers were killed. Source.

The Department of Education in the Syrian province of Hasaka conducted the second stage of scientific competitions among students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, science and computer science. In total, 250 people participated in the competition. Five best students from each Olympiad will compete in the third stage of the competition, which will be held at the region level. Source.

November 16, 2018. In the Syrian Arab Republic, work continues on the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the provision of comprehensive assistance to Syrian citizens.

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The Russian Reconciliation Center continues its work. Thus, in the village of Al-Ghasbiyah, in the province of Homs, a humanitarian action was held, during which 450 food packages were distributed to people. Also, a charity event was held in the Syrian-Kadim district in the south-west of Aleppo, during which the distribution of 1 ton of fresh bread to the needy residents was organized. Source.

The sports federation in the Syrian city of Hasaka, in collaboration with the education administration and the «Al-Jazeera» club, revived an event dedicated to the 48th anniversary of the Corrective Movement, led by its leader Hafez Assad.

As part of the ceremony, an event commemorating the great athletes of Syrian Hasaka was held. In addition, a number of sporting events and basketball competitions were held with the participation of residents of the Syrian city.

The participants of the event spoke about the sublime feeling of patriotism. As it turned out, the memories of this movement only reinforce the citizens’ sense of belonging to their homeland and the proximity of the final victory over terrorism in Syria. Source.

Residents of the Syrian province of Daraa organized a march to mark the 48th anniversary of the Corrective Movement. Participants in the event from various settlements liberated from terrorist groups carried the state flags of the Syrian Arab Republic, portraits of SAR President Bashar al-Assad, they also brought banners with slogans in support of the Syrian government army in the fight against illegal armed groups.

The Corrective Movement under the leadership of the Syrian leader Bashar Assad marked a new stage in the history of the Syrian republic, it also provided stability and economic growth in the SAR. Source.

The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Syria, Imad Khamis, participated in the launch of a solar power plant in the Damascus province with a capacity of 1.26 MW. This is enough to secure 500 homes. In addition, the new power plant will save 500 tons of fuel. As part of his speech, Khamis announced the construction of a car dealership in the area of ​​Ad-Dweir. This [new] town will be built on an area of ​​145 hectares. According to the minister, a new residential area of ​​60,000 apartments will be built in the industrial city of Adra.

For his part, the Syrian Minister of Electricity, Muhammad Harbutli, said that the solar light station is the first step to begin the widespread use of renewable energy sources. Source.

November 18, 2018. Russian military continue to provide assistance to the affected areas of Syria.

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Thus, a humanitarian action was held in the village of Hsham of Deir-ez-Zor province, during which 450 food sets were distributed to people in need. In Damascus, a targeted charity event was held, during which 25 wheelchairs, 25 towels and 25 warm blankets were given to a specialized institute for war invalids. Source (video).

In addition, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria distributed humanitarian aid between Syrian residents in the village of Haza, located in the eastern part of the province of Homs. Civilians received food items. Russian physicians also provided free medical care to those in need. Source.

November 19, 2018. Syria is in the process of restoring a peaceful life. Currently, 2,030 residential buildings in the country are being renovated and prepared for commissioning.

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In addition, the Syrian authorities are restoring production in the country to return refugees to their homes. For example, at the moment 180 power substations and 207 water pumping stations are participating in the restoration program. Source.

Syrian authorities are recovering phosphate mining in the desert to the east of the ancient city of Palmyra. For many years, phosphate production has been halted due to terrorism. The efforts of the Syrian authorities in the region opened new workshops for the phosphate mining. In addition, repair teams have successfully completed the program to restore the laboratories that the terrorists tried to destroy. Now, work is continuing to restore phosphate mines in order to return to the production rate that the region showed before the onset of the terrorist attacks. First of all, it is necessary to support the national economy of a country that is currently in decline. Source.

The Syrian authorities are continuing active restoration of public services in the liberated areas of Deir-ez-Zor after four years of terrorist domination. For the first time since 2014, the supply of electricity was resumed in Meyadin. Electricity supply of the city was provided after the launch of the power plant, for the repair of which about 300 million Syrian pounds were allocated. According to the governor of the province of Deir ez-Zor, work to restore the region will continue until the complete destruction of the damage caused by the terrorists. Thus, the Syrian authorities hope to attract civilians who were forced to leave their home province because of fear of becoming victims of the militants. Source.

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The boarding school for the children of the dead soldiers in Damascus received humanitarian assistance from a delegation of members of the inter-religious working group to assist Syria in the Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations under the President of the Russian Federation, headed by the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Children received winter clothes and toys. Humanitarian aid was gathered by a working group with the participation of the «Arab Diaspora» public organization and the «Russar» Foundation. A social organization of veterans «Combat Brotherhood» helped to deliver the goods. Source.

November 20, 2018. Officers of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria held a humanitarian action in the southwestern Syrian province of Daraa, during which they distributed to the civilians 450 food kits (1,900 kilograms of food). Thus, as of September 30, 2015, the Russian military held 1996 humanitarian actions, during which 3,228.1 tons of various humanitarian aid were distributed to Syrian residents. Source.

The charity event was held in the Syrian province of Damascus, where the authorities of Ingushetia sent another humanitarian convoy, timed to coincide with the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. A total of 18 tons of humanitarian aid was shipped from the North Caucasus Republic. The event was held on November 20 in the gym «Al Jala».

The event was also attended by representatives of the Syrian government, the authorities of Damascus, employees of various public organizations, as well as representatives of various religious concessions. It is worth noting that this was already the ninth humanitarian aid delivered by Ingushetia to the Syrian republic. As a rule, such an action is always timed to coincide with some big Muslim celebrations. Source.

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The Ministry of Transport of Russia is developing the issue of organizing a flight from the Crimean Simferopol to Syrian Damascus. This was stated by the head of the ministry Eugene Dietrich at the «Transport of Russia» forum. In October, the Crimean delegation visited Syria, where a memorandum was signed, which included the establishment of a flight connection between Syria and the Crimea. Source.

The head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, sent a letter to Dietrich asking for support in organizing air links between Damascus and Simferopol. Source.

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The Syrian Artisans Union, with which the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Abkhazia concluded a cooperation agreement in September of this year, plans to open a trading house in Abkhazia. This was reported to journalists by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abkhazia, Tamila Mertskhulava.

19 representatives of the Syrian Artisans Union on November 19-20 at the invitation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated in the exhibition in Sukhum at the second VisitApsny tourism forum. The tourist forum and exhibition of manufacturers of Abkhazia and Syria were successful, the Syrian artisans presented handicrafts, which were a success among the residents of Abkhazia. Abkhaz manufacturers held talks with their Syrian colleagues, an agreement was reached on the exchange of experience, the acquisition and supply of Syrian products to Abkhazia, the Abkhaz products to Syria. Source.

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Heavy Russian bulldozers will help restore the Syrian cities. A delegation from Damascus arrived in Chelyabinsk to test the products of the tractor factory. The Syrian delegation intends to conclude wholesale contracts for the supply of about 500 units of heavy equipment. Source (video).

The consular office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was opened in the Syrian province of Hasaka to help immigrants and provide the necessary assistance to residents of the eastern part of the province. The office was opened in the city center of al-Hasaka and equipped with the necessary jobs. All cadres were trained in training courses at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The main service that the office staff will provide is the ratification of all documents submitted in the country. In addition, education certificates, death certificates, birth certificates and others will be issued. The opening of the consular office was one of the main demands of the citizens of the Syrian province of Hasaka. Source.

A group of volunteers from the organization “Salt of the earth” within the framework of the initiative “Sham Btakhki” organized a cultural event to identify the most important architectural sites in Damascus.

According to the participants of the action, the civilization of Syria began in the fortress of Damascus. It was she who showed the world where the roots of the Arab population are growing. First of all, it is necessary for tourists who gradually come to Damascus to look at the oldest city in the world.

The event was attended by 100 young men and 100 young women. All participants came from different Syrian regions. People were divided into eight teams, each of which clearly demonstrated its passion for knowledge, largely due to cultural and entertainment activities. Such events are necessary for future generations of Syria to be as committed as possible to the cultural heritage of their native country. Source.

November 21, 2018. In the mountainous regions of Lattakia, they began to rebuild houses damaged by the shelling of terrorists.

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All work is carried out at the expense of the state. Engineers along with residents inspect and assess the damage. Many buildings are destroyed to the ground, and in the walls of those that survived there’re holes from bullets and shells.

About a thousand and a half families are now expecting to return to their homes in the mountain villages of Lattakia. More than 400 houses in seven localities are already repaired. But this is still only a third of what remains to be done. Source (video).

November 23, 2018. In Syrian Lattakia, the construction of a new dam began, which will provide fresh water to all local residents.

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In order for the walls of the reservoir to withstand a gigantic load, a special substance is added to the concrete — a calmatron. This substance, like the entire project of a hydraulic structure, is the project of Russian specialists. Preparation of the site is almost complete — the channels of the mountain rivers temporarily diverted, and they have already begun to raise the dam itself. Its height will be 54 meters, and length — 210. As soon as the construction of the dam is completed, the fresh water reserves in this area of Lattakia will amount to almost two million m³. It will be enough, even if the population of the province grows tenfold. Source (video) / Source2.

November 24, 2018. Holidays dedicated to the return of stable life and the departure of terrorist groups were held in the old markets of Homs province.

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The event was held in the center of one of the largest markets, with the participation of civil and charitable organizations in Homs. In addition, a large number of ordinary civilians came to the market. Source.

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A new school is being built in the village of Al-Fakhura in Syrian Lattakia. In classrooms and corridors they finish laying tiles. On the first floor there will be classes of Arabic, Russian and English. The second floor will have offices of psychology, literature and mathematics. And even a physical education teacher will have his own office. 30 thousand people live here, and before that, there was only one school for several villages.

The new building construction began 5 months ago. The framework, walls, overlappings are already established. It remains only to carry out finishing work. A school for 360 people is scheduled to open in February 2019. Source (video).

In one of the exhibition halls in Syrian Damascus, an exhibition of the work of prisoners from the central prison of the province in Adra was opened. The event featured paintings, as well as works from wood, seashells and mosaics.

As part of an agreement between the ministries of culture and the interior of Syria, an exhibition of the work of prisoners in Adra prison was organized. In addition, the parties agreed to open two cultural centers in the prison itself to develop the creative potential of prisoners. In the future, similar centers will appear in other Syrian provinces. Source.

The General Energy Company in the Syrian province of Daraa continues to restore electricity in the city of Nava. Over the next few days, it is expected that electricity will be fully returned to the city in which more than 100,000 people live. Source.

The Russian government provided 450 food sets as humanitarian aid for residents of the Syrian city of Anhil, which is located in the north of Daraa province. Anhil residents expressed their gratitude to Russia for supporting the Syrian state in numerous international forums and the war against militants occupying their home country. Source.

November 27, 2018. The first tourists arrived in the restored city of Bosra ash-Sham.

The castle of the historic city of Bosra ash-Sham has reopened its doors to tourists. According to the Director General for Tourism, Yasser Al-Saadi, the return of visitors to Bosra is a turning point for the country’s tourism sector, which was in a state of decline during the crisis. The ancient city has a great historical and archaeological significance. Bosra ash-Sham is the cradle of human civilization. With the help of repairmen, this place looked better than before the outbreak of war.

The theater in Bosra al-Sham was preserved better than other buildings. At the moment it is included in the cultural heritage of UNESCO. Before the outbreak of hostilities, this place was used as a venue for a music festival. Source.

A cultural forum dedicated to the numerous victories of the Syrian government army over terrorism was held in the city of Khader in the province of Al-Quneitra. The event was attended by ordinary Syrian families and relatives of soldiers killed on the battlefield. The famous Syrian writer Adnan Azzam was also present at the forum. Source.

A medical team from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria conducted a medical examination of residents of the province of Homs in the Tallbis area.

Medical team consists of doctors of different specialties, each of which provides all possible assistance to residents of the Syrian province. In addition, doctors bring the necessary medicines to people. Source.

In addition, over the past day, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties held one humanitarian action in the village of Aftriss in the province of Rif Damascus, during which 450 food packages with a total weight of 1.95 tons were distributed to the needy. Source.

November 28, 2018. The city destroyed by the militants in Deir-ez-Zor is being restored.

The Syrian city of Al-Ashara of Deir-ez-Zor province, liberated from terrorist organizations, is in full swing cleaning — people are cleaning the main streets of debris.

One of the oldest markets in the city of Al-Ashara, which is located in the vicinity of Deir-ez-Zor, is gradually returning to life: more and more sellers and merchants appear there, offering fruits and vegetables. Educational activities are also gradually being restored. This was due to the opening of 47 schools that were able to accept 14,600 schoolchildren receiving primary and secondary education. Also, a new teaching staff were formed in schools, the authorities provided textbooks and prepared classes for the conduct of lessons. Source.

The Department of Antiquities and Museums in the Syrian province of Daraa in the village of Al-Jiza found 103 previously stolen artifacts from the Bosra Museum. It turned out that all the antiquities seized were destined for smuggling. According to a source in law enforcement, all artifacts belong to the Roman period. Once they were kept in the Byzantine Museum, but were stolen during the terrorist siege of the city. Source.

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500 patients were served in one day by Russian doctors in the Syrian province of Homs, where a large-scale humanitarian action was launched. All those in need receive the necessary medications, as well as food packages. There are almost no surviving hospitals in the province itself. Even where the buildings are preserved, there is a catastrophic shortage of doctors. Therefore, the residents occupy the queue since the very morning.

In total, the Russian military doctors intend to visit ten cities and towns that were hardest hit during the war. It was in this region were the most fierce battles. Source (video).

November 29, 2018. Syrians intend to restore a strategic bridge in the province of Al-Quneitra.

The Syrian province of Al-Quneitra is being revived, in the literal sense, from the ashes. In the coming years, an industrial zone of 250 thousand m² will be built on the territory destroyed and abandoned as far back as the 70s of the last century. The only thing they will not restore is the capital of the province: they decided to leave the ghost town untouched, for the edification of their descendants.

For many years, Quneitra was one of the most backward provinces in Syria. But now it was as if they decided: it’s time to move from war to peace. A garden city will not be built — they plan a factory city. According to construction engineer Haisem Al-Akram, there will be four clusters: chemistry, food, metalware and textiles. A project has already been created: in the first stage, 500 million lire will be invested here. Source.

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