Life returns to normal to the ancient wool market in the old city of Aleppo

Aleppo (ST): Day after day, life returns to normal to the archaeological markets in the old city of Aleppo after rehabilitating and renovating them following the damage and destruction caused by terrorism, including the wool market, which returned to witness a viable movement that meets the needs of the people and contributes to some extent to reviving the local economy. 

Engineer Hussam Halabi, head of the implementation section  in the Old City Directorate, said that the people of Aleppo used to go to the old markets of Aleppo to shop and stroll because the market contains many unique hand-made and heritage products, referring to the importance of the wool market for the women of  Aleppo who have a hobby of making woolen clothes.

He explained that the wool market is part of Al-Jadida neighborhood and is well-known for its churches and mosques, one of which dates back to the Mamluk period.

Halabi added that  the Aleppo City Council in cooperation with the Old City Directorate and the parties concerned   rehabilitated the market’s infrastructure because it was subjected to acts of sabotage by terrorists, calling on the rest of the economic and commercial activities to return to their stores and workshops again.

Ibrahim Istanbuli, who works in a wool shop, said that he  returned to work after the store opened several months ago referring to  the start of a new season with a light commercial movement that is expected to gradually improve. He added that the terrorist attacks have left  sabotage of  infrastructure before restoring security and stability to the region by the heroes of the Syrian Arab army. 

Mohammad Shanan, a trader of woolen threads for 30 years, underlined the importance of returning to the wool market to revive this profession, pointing out that the relatively good turnout encourages shopkeepers in the old city to return to their shops again.

Adnan Kharsa, one of the owners of the old shops in the wool market, affirmed that his 50 year old  shop was destroyed by the terrorists, indicating that he returned to pursue his profession in selling wool.