Watch: Reconstruction of the Old City of Syria's Aleppo begins

The reconstruction of the ‘Old City’ in the war-torn town of Aleppo has begun. With its battered facades, damaged homes and skeletons of buildings, one of the world's oldest cities, Aleppo, which was recaptured by government forces in December 2016, has been utterly devastated by the war in Syria.

AFP July 27, 2017 16:43:47 IST

The reconstruction of the ‘Old City’ in the war-torn town of Aleppo has begun. With its battered facades, damaged homes and skeletons of buildings, one of the world's oldest cities, Aleppo, which was recaptured by government forces in December 2016, has been utterly devastated by the war in Syria. Now, civilians in some of its Old City markets have started to rebuild.

The Syrian army recaptured Aleppo from the rebel group in December 2016 and now the original inhabitants are making attempts to bring back the glory days of the city.

“We had not come to this area in six years. We only came back about five months back. We have rebuilt walls and set up some doors and started working again. We have even managed to get some products ready to sell in the shop,” says Sobhi Shawash, one among the many who have returned to the city and started a shop.

While the signs in Aleppo are positive, the civil war in Syria is still far from over. The government of President Bashar al-Assad, along with its allies, has been fighting various forces opposing the government since 2011 but there has been no conclusion to the war. ​

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