Syria. Monthly review (July 2019)

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


July 1. The Syrian company for the production of ready-made clothing has opened its unit in the city of Beit-Yashut in the province of Lattakia.

The unit provides 90 jobs and can work in two shifts to increase employment opportunities for families of the Syrian military and the SAA fighters themselves.

The company will continue to distribute its units in various areas of Lattakia in order to be able to provide production orders for fabrics and ready-made clothes. In a short period, cooperation was established between the provincial authorities and the company’s division. Source.

July 2. The Russian military delivered charitable assistance to their Syrian colleagues, who suffered in the battles for the liberation of the country.

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Wheelchairs were presented to anyone who was seriously injured and cannot move independently. The humanitarian action takes place in the main military hospital of the country in Aleppo. During the war years it was overcrowded, now there are not so many wounded — only a few people a day.

Doctors from Armenia and Russia also help local doctors and share their experiences. Surgeons, epidemiologists and laboratory specialists arrived at the hospital. All military personnel are accepted free of charge, and thanks to the doctors who arrived, operations are performed much better. Source (video).

As part of the measures taken by the Syrian government to overcome the remnants of war in all sectors, the Committee on Reconstruction carried out a number of projects aimed at restoring the basic services and infrastructure of the areas liberated by the Syrian government army.

As for the restoration of the construction sector, among the projects for which the Commission allocated the necessary amounts was Bassel al-Assad Airport. As part of the restoration of the Syrian provinces, the government has already allocated 102 million lire to repair the Aleppo International Airport, 150 million lire to restore the road in the province of Lattakia and 104 million lire to restore the old Homs-Palmyra road, and 199 million lire to maintain the road at Krom-Madaya and the city of Madaya and another 99.5 million lire to maintain the road leading from Bakin to the hotel Bludan. Source.

As part of the efforts to revive the commercial center of Aleppo and revive the economic movement, investment in the restoration of the old markets of the city continues. The market in the old town of Aleppo was opened after the restoration in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the cost of repairs amounted to more than 300 million US dollars. In total, there are 72 stores in the market. Source.

July 4. Over 200 different companies from Syria and other countries participated in the exhibition of IT-technologies and industry Syria-Tech, held in Damascus.

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Exhibitors note that favorable conditions have been created for the development of the country, and their products are in demand among the population. The exhibition presents services and products that are produced domestically in the field of communications, information technology, construction and household appliances. Given the fact that in Syria, after the end of hostilities, power supply is restored, cables and transformers are in high demand. Source.

July 5. In the eastern suburbs of the Syrian Deir-ez-Zor the Magistrates Court was opened.

The event took place in the city of Al-Ashara. The opening took place after an eight year break due to the terrorists occupying the region. The restoration of this court will significantly reduce the burden on citizens, they will not have to travel outside the borders of the city of Al-Azra and the surrounding settlements to such remote places as the city of Meyadin or the city of Deir-ez-Zor. Source.

July 6. In Syria, the plant for the production of building panels resumed work.

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In the Syrian province of Aleppo, they began production of one of the most popular building materials — siding panels. Most of the company’s employees are refugees, for whom this work is the only opportunity to feed their families.

Now the share of manual labor is high, but gradually the production lines are automated. Nearby, a new workshop is being built and modern machines are being installed in it. Production is gradually expanding, the Syrians are actively using panels to repair their homes damaged by the bombing. Source (video).

The copper market is one of the oldest markets in Damascus, which returned to work, despite all the difficult circumstances of the war that influenced it. The number of workshops on the market is about 400 workshops and, in order to protect them from extinction, some craftsmen are trying to move from making pots to furniture, decorations and other things. Several employees of the workshop are engaged in copper craft: one worker is often limited to planning and drawing, another — loading gold and silver, the third — the cavity, and the fourth — the inscription. Source.

July 9. In the ancient citadel of the Syrian city of Aleppo a concert of classical music was held.

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The orchestra performed on the stage, the musicians of which used traditional instruments, in particular, the 72-string kanun, on which they have been playing in the Middle East for many centuries.

In addition, during the concert a traditional dance was performed, the participants of which synchronously and standing in the same row do about 100 revolutions per minute on their own axis. Source (video).

The energy company in Homs began work on the restoration of the electrical network in the city of Palmyra. This became possible after the withdrawal from the region of militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia).

The low voltage line rehabilitation project is aimed at reviving citizens’ homes, which is being carried out as part of government efforts to restore the city’s basic services in the light of the growing number of returnees. Source.

July 10. In the second year after the opening of the entrance to North Damascus, a national volunteer campaign was launched to restore life in the areas affected by terrorism, it is being held in cooperation with a number of government agencies and public organizations.

For the second year in a row, a national volunteer campaign called “Together We Make the World a Better World” is being held at the northern entrance to Damascus to rebuild areas destroyed by terrorism. The current campaign is a continuation of the first phase, launched last year in a number of localities in Eastern and Western Ghouta, in Zabadani and Bludan of Damascus province, as well as in the Old City and the fortress of Aleppo and other areas affected by terrorist attacks. Source.

The exhibition of food industry and products opened in the 15th session in the exhibition city of Damascus with the participation of 75 major national food companies, as well as companies from Lebanon, Iran and the United Arab Emirates, it will last until the 9th of this month.

The exhibition specializes in the production of edible oils and fats, pasta, cereals, canned food, confectionery, milk and cheese, raw materials for these industries, meat, poultry, fish and its products, baby food, ice cream, sugar products, tea, herbs, coffee, sweets, mineral water, food, juices and packaging machines. Source.

The harvest of wheat and barley in Syria this year has grown significantly compared to last year due to the rainy season, while the Syrian government spent billions of pounds on purchasing these crops from farmers at reasonable prices, which had a positive effect on the development of the sector in the Syrian provinces.

Data published by the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture showed that the amount of wheat sold this season increased by 284,000 tons over the same period last year. Source.

The General Cable Company in Damascus continued to operate, despite the circumstances that Syria faced. It produces all kinds of cables used by the Ministries of Energy, Communications and Defense.

The total plan for 2019 is 6,500 tons, and production of 3,242 tons was received in the first half of this year, and sales amounted to 10 billion Syrian pounds, while net profit amounted to one billion 800 million pounds. Source.

July 11. In the Syrian city of Aleppo, they are shooting the film «Shatat» (translated into Russian — «Shattered»).

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Cinematic activity resumed there for the first time after the war. This film for the entire film crew was an opportunity to talk about how they survived the war. All scenes of the film have already been filmed, but the date of the premiere has not yet been appointed. The authors proceeded to the editing of the material. Source (video).

July 12. In Damascus, they began to restore the ancient sculptures of Palmyra destroyed by the militants.

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The team of the best restorers of Syria, who closely cooperate with Russian scientists, arrived at the National Museum. Specialists from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow help to restore the original look to unique mosaics and small details of the bas-reliefs.

The government of Syria is financing the restoration of the sculptures of Palmyra. Restoration of monuments is solely due to the budget of Syria. Restorers do not receive help from international organizations such as UNESCO to preserve the world historical heritage. Source (video) / Source2.

July 13. In Aleppo, a clothing factory was restored.

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Production is located in a large industrial area Benizeyd, heavily damaged during the war. After being liberated from terrorists, the factory, like many others, had to be restored almost from scratch.

Now the main problem of the factory is the interruption of electricity, which is due to the fact that the power grid has not been fully restored in the republic. The factory mostly employs men. Children also help. This is one of about 200 enterprises that were restored after the war. Almost every month new ones are opened. The main task is to provide jobs for people returning to a peaceful life. Source (video) / Source2.

July 14. Eighty companies from 12 Arab and foreign countries took part in the Interconex building exhibition organized by the Syrian city of Hama, in which the latest technologies and scientific developments in the field of construction and reconstruction were presented.

Companies at the exhibition specialize in the production, trade and supply of building materials, clothing, accessories and materials for repairs.

The construction exhibition coincides with the exhibition “Avtofir”, which offers the latest models of cars produced and assembled in Syria, with representatives of the world’s largest automotive industry companies and spare parts, all of them prepared presentations of their promotional offers and competitions, which will be presented during the exhibition. This year caused a great turnout in various civilian sectors, including industrial and commercial. Source.

July 15. On the instructions of the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin, on the basis of the All-Russian Children’s Center «Orlyonok» and the International Children’s Center «Artek», the rest and rehabilitation of children from Syria who suffered during armed conflicts were organized.

The plane of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation with 50 Syrian children and their accompanying on board landed in Krasnodar on June 24. Source.

July 17. In Syrian Homs, they began to restore the Orthodox temple of the Belt of the Virgin.

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Restoration of the shrine at first was carried out by local residents: they dismantled the rubble and preserved all the surviving icons and church books. Now the faces of the saints and ancient texts, which are written in Aramaic, are kept in a special sarcophagus and await the arrival of professional restorers. Source (video).

Homs, the third largest city in Syria, known before the war as one of the most significant industrial centers, is now being revived and is seeking to acquire a new infrastructure. The restoration of the city is not easy, many streets are a string of destroyed concrete boxes. But the changes are still noticeable — they open schools, hospitals, restore roads, refugees return to their homes. Source.

Syrian women created a project to support the mothers of dead and wounded soldiers in Damascus. The project manager — a woman named Um Omar — is a member of a family of 13 people. Despite the difficult life circumstances, she managed to pull herself together and start a new activity for the benefit of the Syrian people.

Um Omar’s first big project was the distribution of food to the needy in Damascus, which she held with her family. After the project brought some profit, Um Omar proposed to create an association of wives and mothers of Syrian fighters, who died and were seriously wounded in the course of long hostilities. Source.

Forty women presented their works and products from embroidery, wood engravings, crocheted things, cosmetics, food, soap and clothing at the exhibition of needlework in Aleppo, which was called the «Women’s Progress Title».

The head of the exhibition, which was organized at the Mutanabbi Hotel Sheraton Hotel, said that the purpose of the event was to effectively sell handmade products for women and housewives, they could provide themselves with a source of income that supports their families. Source.

July 18. Syrian authorities have restored the work of thermal stations in Tartus.

The first and second groups of thermal power plants in Baniyas returned to work earlier this week, after repair workers were able to increase the load on steam generators that generate electricity from 50 to 75 megawatts, initially up to 25 megawatts, in difficult and harsh working conditions. According to the latest estimates, the restoration of thermal power plants cost $ 25 million, which were allocated by the state treasury. Source.

July 19. The opening of the Russian Cultural Center in Damascus is expected until the end of 2019.

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The work of the Russian Cultural Center in Damascus was suspended in 2013 due to the aggravation of the armed conflict. To resume the work of the center, it remains only to solve a number of organizational and technical issues. Source.

July 21. In connection with security and stability, which began to spread throughout Syria, a festival was opened under the name “Sham unites us”, which lasts one month.

As part of the event, material assistance is provided to wounded Syrian soldiers and relatives of the dead SAA fighters.

This is an important tourist and entertainment event that unites all Syrians and reflects the state of stability and security in the country, as well as helps in economic recovery. It also contributes to the revitalization of domestic tourism and provides an important opportunity for the marketing of local industry and products. The festival itself is a reflection of the numerous victories achieved by the Syrian army with the support of a Russian ally throughout the country. Source.

The number of establishments that returned to work and production in the industrial city of Sheikh Nadzhar in the north of the Syrian province of Aleppo reached 565 enterprises, another 250 other objects are currently being repaired to prepare for their return to work and production.

It is reported that production at the dairy plant in Aleppo will be restored in the coming months after the restoration of machines damaged as a result of terrorism. Source.

In order to restore the strategic pharmaceutical industry and help replace imported drugs, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis visited the headquarters of the Arab Medical Company, along with Health Minister Nizar Yazji Tamiko, and familiarized with its departments.

During a meeting with the company’s board of directors, the prime minister instructed the ministries of industry and health, the board of directors, the general engineering research company and the regional planning body to prepare a preliminary study for 15 days for investments in the company’s headquarters in the East Ghouta region, which was destroyed as a result of terrorism. Source.

July 22. Near Damascus, the most important water pumping station was restored.

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In the suburbs of Damascus — Ain al-Fiji and Zabadani — two objects most important for the Syrian residents were restored. It is an ancient water pumping station with a thousand-year history and a plant for bottling drinking water. The source of water in Ain al-Fiji is the only natural well that feeds Damascus. It was captured by terrorists in 2016.

The plant for bottling drinking water in the suburb of Damascus Zabadani plans in the near future to begin deliveries abroad. The work of the plant did not stop even during the battles that were going a few hundred meters from the enterprise. There are four such enterprises in Syria. Before the war, Damascus water was supplied to dozens of countries, and in the near future the plant intends to resume export supplies. Source (video) / Source2.

The second session of the seminar started, organized by the Damascus Chamber of Commerce in Tishrin Park, located in Damascus. The event is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection and the authorities of the province of Damascus, it will last one month.

As part of the opening ceremony, a documentary on Syria was presented. In addition, numerous musical passages and folklore dances presented by the Glennar group took place on the big stage. Source.

Farmers in the Syrian province of Daraa, located in southern Syria, first started the harvest season after the province was liberated from terrorism. At the moment, the region is suffering from many difficulties associated with high costs of harvesting, transportation to the markets and payment of commissions due to sales of the product at a low price.

The cultivation of tomatoes begins on April 17, and the harvest in July. Most products are exported to the Damascus market. Production ranges from 10 to 12 tons due to the consumption of land and the cultivation of more than one crop during the season. Source.

July 23. In Syrian Aleppo, a mosque is being rebuilt, which during the war became a shelter for refugees.

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The district of Aleppo, where the mosque is located, cannot be restored. However, they decided to reconstruct the temple itself, another 30-meter minaret is to be erected. Local authorities hope that the shrine will become a place of unification of residents and a symbol of the return to the city of peaceful life. Source (video).

July 25. The Russian circus is back to perform again in Syria — this happened for the first time after a long absence, which lasted about ten years as a result of the war against terrorism.

The circus includes about twenty artists, as well as technicians and managers of different nationalities. The circus team performed in many countries, and today returned to Syria after the return of security and stability.

Russian circus performances in Syria will be held in five major cities: Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Lattakia and Damascus. Russia is one of the most famous circus countries in the world. First of all, due to the peculiarities of the performances, which cover both the West and the East. Source.

July 26. The only factory in Syria to process old fabrics into new ones has resumed work in Aleppo and already produces about 5 tons of products per day.

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During the war, the company was forced to stop production. Militants occupied this industrial area, equipment was looted. Now the company employs 15 people, including refugees. The director expects to work around the clock and reach pre-war volumes. Source.

In the Syrian province of Homs opened an exhibition of folk art. As part of the revitalization of tourism in the ancient archaeological districts of Homs, an exhibition was held in the hall of Al-Zahraoui Palace in Bustan al-Divan, which featured many handicrafts and heritage items, as well as icons of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. The exhibition was held with the participation of a number of local craftsmen. Source.

Damascus University has opened three modern communication laboratories at the Faculty of Mechanics and Electrical Engineering. It cost more than one billion Syrian pounds. The opening of new laboratories was held in collaboration between the ministries of communications, technology and higher education.

The laboratories were equipped with mini-devices similar to those in the Syrian telecommunications company. All this was done in such a way that students could really and practically learn and be ready to work in this important sector, wherever they would go after graduation. Source.

July 27. In the province of Damascus in Syria, the largest factory for the production of household appliances, Kasem, was restored and launched.

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The factory is located in the industrial zone of the capital of the country. The plant, which employs about 250 people, produces fans, washing machines, meat grinders and other products that are in demand in the local market. The enterprise that was destroyed and looted during the war was restored relatively quickly — in less than 1.5 years.

Local authorities note that the Kasem plant is also an important social project. Many of those who work in the enterprise are ex-refugees who are now returning to a peaceful life. Source (video).

July 29. The auto racing championship was held for the first time after the war in Syria

Syrian racers carried their love of racing through the war and for the first time in many years, they got into the car again to race around Damascus.

“Super Surf” is the name of the Syrian auto racing championship, which, after the war, is held for the first time in the foothills of the province of Damascus. Source.

In two camps, located on the right bank of the Euphrates River, the Heritage Song Festival was organized by the Raqqa Culture Directorate. The festival was attended by art groups from the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Hama and Deir-ez-Zor. Heritage Song Festival is an attempt by a group of artists to restore the heritage and bring it to the fore. Source.

The power station of the Muskan district, located in the Aleppo district, began to supply electricity to pumping stations and residential areas of the city after a long pause due to terrorism. The station was fully restored in the last two months. It has two transformers with a capacity of 70 megawatts. However, its power can be enhanced as needed.

The station was destroyed due to terrorist attacks, its repair was necessary, as it is the main station that feeds all adjacent pumping stations, including those associated with large-scale production facilities. Source.

July 30. The largest metallurgical plant in the region opened in Syrian Aleppo.

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It was possible to restore it from scratch in just six months. Now the company employs more than 250 employees and is capable of producing up to 200 tons of products per month.

First of all, they try to find jobs for refugees who return to the country. Many experts left for Europe, but after the liberation of Syria from terrorists, they decided to fly back to help their country. Now they are working in production, and in their free time they give courses for those who want to master a new profession in metallurgy. Source (video).

In the east of the Syrian province of As-Swaida, the grand opening of the first private agricultural plant took place. Source.

State maintenance workshops completed the rehabilitation and maintenance of electrical system components in the cities of Nabel and Az-Zahra, located in the vicinity of the Syrian province of Aleppo. Source.

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