Syria. Monthly review (September 2019)

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


September 2. The Crimean-Syrian trading house «Commonwealth» signed a $ 2 million contract with an agricultural export company from Syria.

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The signed contract is valid until December 31, 2019 with the possibility of extension. Deliveries will be made through the ports of Feodosia and Sevastopol in containers. The parties agreed on the first supply, this is one thousand tons — olive oil, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates. Source.

September 3. The Russian military gave Syrian schoolgirls school supplies.

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The Russian military visited a school at an Orthodox monastery in the Syrian town of Sayednaya. A small village 30 kilometers north of Damascus has been surrounded by militants for many years. Now 250 girls under the age of 17 are studying at the school. As a gift to them at the beginning of the school year, employees of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation brought schoolbags, notebooks and sketchbooks. Source (video).

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It is reported that regular deliveries of citrus from Syria to Crimea, by agreement with the Middle East party, will begin in the fall, after the start of the harvest season. The first deliveries of oranges and cherries from Syria to the Crimea have already taken place, but for constant imports it is necessary to establish a stable transportation system. The Minister of Industrial Policy of the region Andrei Vasyuta also said that the Crimean turnout plant will take part in tenders for the restoration of the Syrian railway network. The Crimean-Syrian trading house of cooperation will also take part in tenders for the supply of grain and oil products. Source.

September 6. Builders in Aleppo restored 200 residential buildings.

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In the southwestern part of Aleppo, which during the war was controlled by terrorists, urban infrastructure is being restored. Over 2 years, a new residential quarter has grown there in the Jamiya Ar-Riyad microdistrict, with more than a thousand apartments. 360 houses were erected before the hostilities, but there was no time to populate them; militants captured the area. After they were knocked out of the territory, the quarter had to be rebuilt. Currently 200 buildings are ready. Six months ago, there were not enough workers, but now refugees are returning en masse to the country, so there are no problems with personnel. The commissioning is scheduled for next year. Source (video).

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The head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that trade between Crimea and Syria would increase multiply from January 1, 2020. Aksenov said that in October additional agreements will be signed on the supply of products of Crimean enterprises to the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

At the 61st international exhibition in Damascus, which runs from August 28 to September 6, the Crimean authorities concluded contracts with Syrian companies for $ 250 million, payment will be made in national currencies. Source.

September 9. The automobile factory in the industrial city of Adra, located near the Douma to the north-east of Damascus, has completely returned to work in the previous pre-war volumes.

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The first post-war minibuses were rolled off the assembly line. The car factory had to be stopped during the fighting, but now it is again working at almost full capacity. On average, 30 cars are assembled during the day. Now it’s passenger and cargo minivans, but manufacturers assure: as soon as the need for other models arises, they will immediately launch a new conveyor.

Mostly inexpensive cars are assembled at this plant under license from Iranian and French brands, but now the owners are negotiating with Russian AvtoVAZ as well. Source (video) / Source2 (photos).

September 10. In Syrian Aleppo they began to restore one of the largest markets in the city center.

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During the war, militants almost completely destroyed and looted the market, and dozens of tunnels were dug under the building. Now the workers are restoring all communications, and in the near future a new shopping center with traditional color, but modern infrastructure will appear on the site of the ruins. Source (video).

As part of efforts to help displaced Syrian families, members of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria at the Khmeimim base distributed humanitarian aid to refugees from Idleb province and the Syrian city of Hama. Each food set includes flour, rice, canned food, sugar, tea. In addition, kits for first graders were distributed at a local school. Source.

September 11. In Syria, the country’s largest valve manufacturing company has resumed operations.

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The Aleppo plant processes 800 tons of steel per shift and provides all the companies involved in the restoration of homes, schools and hospitals. Repair work was completed in record time, but they could start work at the factory only now. The reason for the downtime is the sanctions that Syria has been under all this time. Aleppo manufactured valves before, but unlike small artisanal enterprises capable of satisfying only a few private orders, this plant provides all the construction companies involved in restoration work. Source (video).

September 13. In the historical center of Syrian Aleppo, in the Farafra district, they began to restore one of the oldest markets of Al-Khabiya, whose architectural complex is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Workers are working at the facility, assisted by those who are primarily interested in the speedy revival of this trade center. Restoration work began two and a half years after the liberation of the city. The market is one of the oldest in Aleppo; its walls are over two thousand years old. At the first stage, workers change old pipes and re-conduct electricity. After that, professional restorers will begin work. Source (video).

September 14. Syrian inventors demonstrated their projects at the 19th annual Al-Bassel Innovation and Technology Exhibition in Damascus, held under the auspices of the Syrian Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, as well as the National Patent Office.

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The 19th exhibition was attended mainly by students from a number of Syrian universities, primarily Damascus University: each has its own stand, where authors of ideas show their achievements. Applications for participation could be submitted by everyone; A lot of inventions concern agriculture, food industry, robotics, programming and medicine. Source / Source2 (video).

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The newspaper Le Monde reported that the French company Louvre Hotels Group (LHG) will open two hotels in Damascus. It will be the first Western hotel operator since 2011 to come to Syria. According to the publication, the 5-star Royal Tulip Semiramis Hotel and the 4-star Golden Tulip Mazzeh should begin work in the spring of 2020. Until this time, restoration work will be carried out in the buildings where they will be located. Source.

September 17. Officers of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria held a new humanitarian action in the territory of the Arab Republic.

This time, food and other necessary things were received by residents of the village of Arbin in the vicinity of Damascus. In total, the staff of the Reconciliation Center distributed 500 food baskets for civilians and 50 school kits for primary school students. On the territory of the local school, where the humanitarian action took place, the Russian military, together with representatives of the Akhmad Kadyrov Foundation, presented students with 500 school bags and sports equipment for the school: footballs and basketballs. Source (photos).

September 18. In the citadel of Al-Hosn on the al-Saraya alley in the western part of the province of Homs, the grand opening of the Church of the Virgin Mary, located on the mountainside of the legendary castle of Krak de Chevalier, was held.

For many years the church was under reconstruction — its building was almost destroyed. The opening took place on the occasion of the removal of the Holy Cross, which was held in the presence of a group of priests and father Andraus Bologna, the president of the Society of a needy church and members of the Assembly. The opening ceremony witnessed the presence of the people of the area and the choir of the valley church. Source.

September 19. The Palmyra Archaeological City Council, in collaboration with the ADRA charity, has launched a project aimed at removing dust and debris left by terrorists from the Islamic State (terrorist organization banned in Russia).

All this garbage accumulated in the city during its occupation by militants. Fortunately, after the arrival of the Syrian government army, the city began to recover. The main squares opposite schools and tourist sites, and within the archaeological zone, were completely littered with garbage, which led to a distortion of the perception of the historical and cultural heritage of the region.

All the garbage occupied about three thousand m³ only in the archaeological area. This is in addition to the debris left by the terrorists at the entrance to the western city near the archaeological fortress. Fortunately, at the moment, all this dust and debris were taken to special landfills located far outside the city. Source.

September 21. Near Damascus, the production of plastic products was established.

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The launch of the destroyed production and the establishment in a short period of time of the production that was extremely necessary for the Syrian population was successful for Arabi Gandur, the owner of a small factory for the production of plastic furniture and water barrels in East Ghouta. He lost his production when militants captured the region, but after liberation he was able to restart it and is already supplying products for humanitarian organizations and returning refugees. The company produces tables, chairs, as well as large plastic water tanks. Source.

September 22. Representatives of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria brought about 4.5 tons of food packages to the suburbs of Damascus.

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Residents of the village of Ain-Terma in the East Ghouta region, liberated about a year and a half ago, received rice, flour, sugar and other basic necessities. There were so many people who wanted to get aid that the local authorities had to compile lists and monitor the progress of the line, which in less than an hour amounted to hundreds of people. Among the first, food packages were received by old people and women with children. Source.

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Donetsk People’s Republic took part in the international exhibition on investments in Syria reconstruction projects «Rebuild Syria — 2019». The exhibition demonstrated the capabilities of the main industries of the republic, said the head of the DPR.

The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that the participation of the delegation of the DPR in the international exhibition in Syria will become a platform for expanding foreign economic cooperation. According to him, at the exhibition in Damascus, the capabilities of the main industries of the Republic — metallurgy, mechanical engineering, food industry, and agriculture — were demonstrated. Source (photos).

September 25. In Damascus, the international exhibition «Restoration of Syria» ended.

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The 5th Syria Restoration Exhibition was held in the Syrian capital from September 17 to 21, a unique platform that allows foreign companies specializing in various fields of activity to get acquainted with the investment opportunities and needs of the Syrian market at the upcoming stage. The event was attended by 390 companies from 31 countries.

For foreign structures, this exhibition is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their products and services in the field of restoring many areas of the infrastructure of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as offer the latest advanced technologies that would help accelerate this process. Source.

September 26. The authorities of the Syrian Idleb began the restoration of Khan Sheikhun liberated from the militants.

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Militants inflicted huge damage on Khan Sheikhun, located in the Syrian province of Idlib, but authorities have already begun rebuilding the city, which was liberated by troops about a month ago. The governor of the province said that humanitarian demining was carried out in the southern part of the city. All explosive devices have been removed. Currently, people are returning here. The official added that at the moment the delivery of food and humanitarian aid has been organized, and a medical center is being created. Seven schools are recovering in order to begin the educational process as soon as possible. Source.

September 27. The [Russian] State Hermitage plans in November of this year to sign an agreement with Syria on participation in the restoration of the Palmyra Museum and the training of Syrian restorers.

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This was announced by Mikhail Piotrovsky, the Director General of the Hermitage on the sidelines of the 20th Russian-Finnish Cultural Forum.

At the moment, the text of the document is still being approved. Hermitage specialists are ready to conduct master classes for Syrian restorers. At the same time, it is supposed to widely use modern technologies. In August, after negotiations with the leadership of the General Department of Antiquities and Museums of Syria, Piotrovsky expressed the opinion that the restoration of the Palmyra Museum may take one to two years from the start of work. Source.

September 28. A Russian religious group rebuilt a ruined school in Damascus.

The school, destroyed during the war, was restored with donations from the United Religious Working Group of Russia on September 23, 2019. The day before, it was inaugurated in the presence of a number of high-ranking Syrian clerics and officials, as well as a delegation of religious communities from Russia.

The school, which can accommodate 1,200 students, is located in the Barzekh district of Damascus. Funds for the repair of this school (about $ 300,000) were raised by religious communities in Russia. The headmaster of the reinstated school stated the importance of education in the Syrian Republic. According to him, the terrorist organizations present in the region tried to spread ignorance among the Syrians, destroying schools. Source.

September 29. In the province of Aleppo, for the first time after the war, a full cycle of agricultural production was established.

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The agricultural season in Syria is not over yet — throughout the country in late September, daytime temperatures exceed 30 degrees. At the same time, at the plant in Aleppo, as well as at many competing factories, they are already thinking about increasing production volumes, and, therefore, about new working hands. As the people of Aleppo province return to their homes and start cultivating the land again, this task becomes more and more feasible. Source.

September 30. Western journalists were shown how the restoration of Syria is going.

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More than fifty foreign journalists who arrived in Syria at the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defense saw how the republic was being restored. Representatives of the international media traveled to Aleppo, on the territory of the world’s largest indoor market, Al-Madina, whose length exceeds 13 kilometers. Now there is in full swing construction work.

Representatives of the world’s leading media have become convinced that in the country, with the support of the government, houses, enterprises, and city infrastructure are being restored.

Aleppo is the final point in the trip of foreign journalists in the Arab Republic. Almost a week before, they had visited recently liberated areas in northern Syria, walked through the winding tunnels of underground militant fortresses, explored the Russian air base Khmeimim and the base in Tartus. The Syrian side, together with the Russian Ministry of Defense, once again showed openness so that the whole world would know about the real situation in the country. Source (video).

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