Syria. Monthly review (June 2019)

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Restoration of peaceful life, social institutions, the economy and infrastructure.


June 1. Syria is developing in a new way the lands freed from ISIS beyond the Euphrates.

The Arab Center for the Study and Development of Dry Lands harvested barley from 500 dunams (1 dunam = 0.1 hectare) of agricultural fields in the area of Marrat village, located 10 kilometers south-east of Deir-ez-Zor beyond the Euphrates at an altitude of 203 meters above sea level. Source.

June 3. Destroyed by militants in Aleppo, the mosque will be fully restored in 8 years.

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In Syria, the world-famous Umayyad Mosque, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being restored. Restorers use only original stones. It will take eight years to fully restore the mosque, but the Syrians are most worried about something else: the terrorists not only blew up the minaret, but also sacked the ancient library, and also stole the shrine — the dress of the Prophet Mohammed. Find these relics and return will not be easy.

At the same time, international organizations have not provided any assistance: the Umayyad mosque is being recreated from the ruins by the Syrian government with the participation of philanthropists from Russia and the Middle East. Source (video).

As part of the efforts of the Syrian government to meet the needs of refugees affected by terrorism, in cooperation with the leadership of the province of Idlib and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society, humanitarian assistance was provided to more than 600 families forced to leave Idlib due to hostilities. In addition, assistance was provided to the inhabitants of the villages of Maershor and Kafr Raa in the rural areas of the eastern part of Hama. They were provided with all the necessary products, personal care kits and household appliances. Source.

June 4. In Syria, they restored bus service with remote areas of the country.

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The bus station in the Kabun area in Damascus resumed work after a seven-year hiatus caused by the hostilities. For the first time after the war, the Damascus bus station again sends buses to Aleppo, Jibrin, Hama, Homs and other major cities and provinces.

Bus tickets are bought up instantly. After the liberation from terrorists and the repair of all major routes, traveling around the country has become much faster. In the field of transportation there are several companies with their fleet. Thanks to competition, local residents have the opportunity to move around the country at an affordable price. Source (video).

June 6. The monument to Pushkin was installed in a school in Syrian Damascus.

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The talent of the writer is honored in Syria. Especially for the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, a bronze bust of poet was brought from the Russian capital to Damascus. A hand-made monument was installed in one of the schools to the applause of the students, who, together with the delegation from Russia, read the poems of the famous poet. Source (video).

June 7. In the industrial area of Sheikh Nadjar, the only PVA glue plant in Aleppo began the work.

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The plant capacity is seven tons of finished products per day. Raw materials are supplied from Russia, China and Korea.

The work goes on three shifts, and the products are sent to stores throughout Syria. All the equipment is Syrian, part of which the owner of the enterprise designed himself. Products are in great demand — the plant plans to expand and increase production to 21 tons per day.

All employees of the company are local residents who were hired and trained. Also nearby is a factory of paints and varnishes «Zhlelyati». It produces 11 colors of oil-based paints for interior decoration, paints for wood and metal. Raw materials for production come from India, China and Russia. The company produces more than five tons of paint per day. During the war, the plant was idle, and part of the equipment was stolen by the militants. Now it employs 20 people, which is three times less than before the war. Source (video).

The Department of Education in the Syrian city of Al-Hassaka began work on the installation of 50 prefabricated rooms in a number of schools in nearby districts in order to reduce the flow of students to existing schools.

The Department of Education in Hasaka province has expressed its intention to accept and accommodate all those who wish to study in schools under the control of the Syrian government in the cities of Hasaka and Al-Kamyshly and at all stages. Source.

June 8. Art Festival will be held in Syrian Deir ez-Zor in honor of the completion of Ramadan.

With the participation of 50 local enterprises and a number of companies and public sector institutions, an Arts Festival will be held on the square in Deir ez-Zor. Commercial activities are related to food, clothing, medical goods, household appliances, furniture and mobile phones. In addition, the festival will be attended by representatives of the Syrian Trade Organization, the Amranian company for the production of cement and building materials, the University of Al-Furat and a number of NGOs that offer their products at specially reduced prices. Source.

June 9. In Syria, the plant for the production of tomato paste and apricot jam was resumed.

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The company, being one of the most important strategic in Syria, is today included in the list of defense enterprises producing products for the needs of the army, law enforcement agencies and government agencies.

Every month, the plant produces 300 tons of tomato paste, jams and hummus, which are part of the daily diet of the Syrian soldier. Now the company employs seventy people, mostly women. Source (video).

June 11. Syrian sweet cherry will appear on the Russian markets.

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The first 60 tons of berries will arrive in the coming days. Now, near Damascus, thousands of workers are working to harvest the first crop. More recently, all these gardens were occupied by militants.

A kilogram of Syrian sweet cherry costs from $1,5 to $2,5. Following these berries, supplies of apples, pears, pomegranates, watermelons and grapes are expected to Russia from Syria. Source (video).

In the Syrian province of Deir-ez-Zor, work continues on the reconstruction of parks, streets and state property. Most of the work is carried out in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Deir-ez-Zor, especially in state institutions that were destroyed in six years of active hostilities.

The governor of the province noted that several projects are being considered at once to restore streets, roads and institutions, all these projects are being prepared to submit to the government for funding. The Minister called on all interested parties, as well as public figures, to unite to create all conditions for the return of people to their homes. Source.

June 13. The authorities of the Syrian Homs build new schools in the regions liberated from the militants.

In order to support the educational process and as part of the reconstruction plan, the Directorate of Technical Services in Homs began to create a group of schools near the areas of Bab-Amr and Kafraya.

More than 100 thousand people live in this region, more than half of which need educational institutions. Many of the schools were closed during the terrorist occupation of the province of Homs. Source.

June 16. Syrian authorities are restoring a power station in the province of Hama.

Work on the restoration of the Sharia power station is close to completion.

The workshops brigades of the Syrian government entered the city of Sharia, located in the western part of the province of Hama, immediately after the liberation of the region by the forces of the Syrian army with the support of Russian aviation. Workers and technicians began to assess the damage caused to the Sharia power plant, in order to subsequently draw up a competent plan for the repair of the premises.

Repair of the station will provide electricity to power a number of water pumping stations in the area, as well as to provide electricity to the areas of Sakibiya, Shath, Ayn Al-Krum, Sharia and the countryside from Maardes to Djurin in the countryside of Hama. Source.

Government efforts are continuing to restore services in the city of Palmyra, as residents continue to return to the city, freed from terrible terrorism. As part of the ongoing efforts and, despite all the difficult climatic conditions, employees of the General Energy Company of Homs completed the restoration of the transformer substation in Palmyra, which serves most of the areas with 40 MW of power. Source.

June 17. The festival for children and teenagers was held in Syrian Deir-ez-Zor.

A truck with ready-made children’s rooms arrived from the Iranian Cultural Center in Deir-ez-Zor, where the festival events called “Bright Nights” were held at the Al-Tawra Festival Square.

The festival included specially designated places for children and game rooms for teenagers, as well as interactive games for different ages, educational and intellectual competitions for children. Source.

June 18. In Syrian Aleppo, handcrafted furniture production was restored: local craftsmen create beds, armchairs and chests according to the old traditional technology.

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They note that they work only with materials of the highest quality, and the carving is trusted only to experienced cabinetmakers. At the same time, there are many employees among those who previously owned such industries. However, the war changed their fate: during the war, the militants took out all the equipment, and the workshops were completely destroyed.

According to manufacturers, the cost of such furniture exceeds tens of thousands of dollars. However, there is no end of orders. Basically, all products are exported. Such production helps to ensure the work of all who need it. Source (video).

June 19. Syria’s largest medical center has resumed its work in Damascus.

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The clinic employs specialists of all specialties: from surgeons to dentists. Nearly five hundred doctors and nurses work around the clock. There are more and more hospitals like this in Syria today. Equipment — both local and foreign — is constantly being purchased. Doctors who fled the war are returning to their homeland. Source (video).

In the industrial zone in the Syrian city of Daraa, restoration work is continuing amid a gradual return of artisans to their homeland.

The Council of the City, in cooperation with representatives of the maintenance, electricity, water supply and telecommunications services, is currently rebuilding the infrastructure in order to ensure the uninterrupted operation of handicraft and industrial enterprises in the city and thereby attract more people to the region. Source.

As part of the Syrian government’s efforts to rebuild the infrastructure and activate the work of state institutions in the liberated areas, the SAR Justice Ministry opened the Abu Dukhur and Sindjar courts located in the eastern part of Idlib, where thousands of Syrian families returned. Source.

June 20. More than 100 doctors attended the first Syrian International Conference on Multiple Sclerosis.

150 doctors from Syria, as well as other Arab and foreign countries participated in the first Syrian International Scientific Conference on Multiple Sclerosis, organized by the Syrian Association of Neurology in coordination with the Syrian Doctors Syndicate and the International Union of Neurological Diseases at the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus.

The two-day program of the conference consisted of four scientific sessions, during which 24 specialized lectures were presented on measuring the symptoms of the disease, the mechanism of its occurrence, aspects of diagnosis, treatment and development.  Source.

Due to the rapid return of the peaceful Syrian people to West Deir-ez-Zor and the growing demand for bread, the region’s authorities accelerated the restoration of the automated bakery in the town of Schmitiya to ease the difficulties of importing bread from the city in its vicinity. The former bakery was restored and equipped with modern equipment. Source.

June 23. The young Syrian launched a rainforest project on the territory of the SAR.

A young man from Syria, Hassan Mohamed, managed to grow a forest of tropical trees full of delicious fruits on the Syrian coast. The idea of a tropical jungle project began in 2013.

Hassan explained that cultivated plant species comprise about 40 species. These include: papaya fruit with 7 species, bananas. As for his future ideas, Hassan explained that he seeks to create an innovative tropical oasis at a very simple price, taking into account the simplicity and character of this place. Source.

June 24. Reconstruction of the water supply and sewage lines is taking place in the vicinity of Syrian Damascus.

In the maintenance workshops of the Main Drinking Water Authority in the vicinity of Damascus, work began on the repair and maintenance of a number of sewage lines and drinking water. Maintenance work is carried out to determine the technical condition of the drinking water lines in order to ensure clean and safe water supply to the residents of the region. Source.

A follow-up recovery project committee in the Syrian province of Damascus inspected the maintenance stages of the Al-Qaboun transformer station located in the eastern part. Operations are conducted by workshops to restore the northern and southern entrance to Damascus. The tour also included the northern entrance to the city of Damascus and an inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance work. Source.

June 26. In Aleppo, the restoration of the National Museum is being held.

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Employees are strictly forbidden to tell where the relics are now stored. To keep large-scale statues and small rarities under shelling would be impossible.

There is so much broken glass here that it crunches under one’s feet. New windows have already been inserted, but there is still a lot of work. The main achievement of the museum staff was to save all the exhibits. Those who are not taken to Damascus, are under reliable protection.

Among the museum exhibits are unique relics. The most valuable are the archaeological finds with a thousand-year history from the ancient Syrian cities of Ebla and Mari. Source (video).

June 27. The Ministry of Transport of Syria organized a train trip for a number of wounded Syrian army soldiers between the stations of Al-Rabwa and Damar near Damascus.

The trip included a rich program of social and musical events. The journey began from Rabwa station to Damar project station, followed by a lunch break, during which national songs were presented, performed by wounded soldiers and their accompanying families. In their songs, they emphasized the will and determination to continue life and sacrifice. Source.

Syrian Energy Minister Mohamed Zuhair Harbotli said that the cities of Nubl and Az-Zahra, north-west of Aleppo, will get electricity after the completion of the construction of a 30 MW station that worth 6 billion pounds.

During the inspection of the station, the Minister said that the work on connecting electricity to the feeder station of these two cities was completed, work on expanding the low and medium voltage networks and completing the installation of transformer centers (630 kVA) for each center is also in the final stage. Source.

June 28. After a nine-year break, the International Flower Fair will be held again in the Syrian Tishrin Park in the center of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Nine Arab and foreign countries will participate in the event, including Japan, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Iran and Iraq, all of them will be together with Syria.

The exhibition will be held with the direct participation of the Ministry of Tourism of the Syrian Arab Republic and many Arab and foreign companies, in addition, will contribute staff from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Agriculture and other departments. Source.

In the exhibition city, located in the immediate vicinity of Damascus, three specialized expositions in the field of information and communication technologies and construction took place, which will continue until June 29.

More than 212 companies and representatives from 48 Arab and foreign countries, including Germany, France, Italy, China, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan, will take part in the exhibitions. The exhibition will be held in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Technology of Syria, as well as with the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure. Source.

The “Build Up” exhibition was opened at the exhibition city in Damascus with the participation of many Syrian and foreign companies. This exhibition is an indispensable platform for those who are interested in the reconstruction and development of business and the discovery of new directions for the development of Syria.

“Build Up” will provide all construction and housing workers with the most innovative solutions and equipment, as well as tell about the latest developments of new products that have recently appeared on international markets, and will present all new developments to interested engineers and contractors. Source.

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