Maintenance teams start fixing damage caused to Arab gas pipeline due to terrorist attack

DAMASCUS, COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Maintenance teams have started restoration works in the Arab gas pipeline in the area between Adra and al-Dmeir towns in Damascus countryside that exploded at dawn today as a result of a terrorist attack. 

Earlier on Monday, firefighters and civil defense teams managed to extinguish the fire that broke out in the entire pipeline after the terrorist attack. 

 Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem said that the technical teams checked the pipeline to repair the damaged parts, stressing that power generating stations will be supplied with gas within the coming hours and that the situation will return to normal.

Completion of restoration of the ancient Al-Khabiya market in old city of Aleppo

In cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, the Municipality of Aleppo completed the restoration work of the ancient Al-Khabiya market and repaired the damage caused as a result of terrorism. The market  includes 106 shops of sweets, foodstuffs, vegetables, stationery, school bags and shoes.

Eng. Ahmed Al-Shehabi, Director of the Old City of Aleppo, said in a statement to SANA reporter that the restoration work comes as part of Aleppo Municipality’s  plan to restore and rehabilitate Aleppo’s old markets. Aleppo Municipality began with the restoration of Al-Khabiya archaeological market, which is one of Aleppo’s most important ancient markets, taking into consideration the preservation of the market’s archaeological character.

Al-Shihabi pointed to the continuation of the implementation of the plans of the Old City of Aleppo to rehabilitate the markets with the aim of returning commercial activity to them.

After a 9-year hiatus, irrigation water is pumped from Qattinah Dam through the main canal

After a nine-year hiatus due to its sabotage by terrorists, the Directorate of Water Resources in Homs pumped today irrigation water from Qattinah Lake through the main canal on an experimental basis.

In a statement to SANA, Eng. Ismail Ismail, Director of Water Resources, stated that irrigation water was pumped from Qattinah dam today, experimentally, through the main canal that reaches the northern countryside in Homs governorate, indicating that the Directorate of Water Resources is working to rehabilitate the entire irrigation network in the governorate through three organized contracts with the General Company of Water Projects, the General Company of Construction and Development and the International Agriculture and Food Organization “FAO”.

Restoration work for the western section of Al Zahrawi Palace starts in Homs

The Department of Antiquities in Homs has begun a project to restore and rehabilitate the western section of Al-Zahrawi Palace in the Old City, which will be dedicated to the Museum of Folklore.

Engineer Hussam Hamish, head of the Antiquities Department in Homs, stated to SANA that the project, which amounts to SYP 20 million, includes restoring the walls and ceilings and reinforcing the main hall separating the western and eastern sections of the palace, re-installing the doors and windows according to the photos and plans kept by the department to preserve the archaeological and historical aesthetic of the palace.

Hamish pointed out that the palace was looted, vandalized and burned by armed terrorist groups that were stationed in the old city, adding that the current restoration and rehabilitation project is the second for the palace, as the first project, which was implemented in 2014, included restoring the domes and reinforcing all parts that were about to fall.

Hamish clarified  that Al-Zahrawi Palace is one of the important archaeological palaces in the city of Homs, which dates back to the Mamluki period, noting that, in Homs, there is also the palace of Moufeed Al-Amin, which dates back to the same historical period, and Farkouh Palace, which is one of the private archaeological buildings .

It is worth noting that the project to restore and rehabilitate the western section of Al Zahrawi Palace, which is located on an area of 350 meters, will last for three months.

Amal Farhat

First grain-loaded train arrives in Damascus countryside coming from Tartous after 9-year hiatus

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Following a nine-year hiatus, the first train, loaded with grains, arrived on Saturday in Sbeineh town in Damascus countryside coming from the Syrian coastal city of Tartous.

The trip marks the resumption of railway transportation between Damascus on the one hand and the central and coastal region on the other, mainly to deliver food materials.

Transport Minister Ali Hammoud said in a statement that the train kicked off its trip from Tartous Airport loaded with a thousand tons of grain and arrived this morning at Sbeineh silos in the countryside of Damascus marking the resumption of railway transportation.