The International Monetary Fund estimated last year that Syria’s economy had shrunk by 57 percent during the conflict and its manufacturing sector by 77 percent.
The city’s “liberation” was “history in the making and worthy of more than the word ‘congratulations’,” he said in a video posted on the presidency’s official social media accounts.
There can be no military solution to the conflict and the focus should be on an inclusive Syrian-led political dialogue, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup told media here.
The defence ministry in Moscow said that Syrian authorities had guaranteed the safety of the rebels leaving the city and confirmed preparations were underway.
As innocent civilians continue to suffer the worst kind of repression, people from across the world express anguish and offer their silent prayers on social media to whoever cares to listen.
“It’s like you are fighting modern warfare with a sword. Bravery can only take you so far,” a Syrian opposition figure said. “It’s a complete failure of whoever is interested in seeing us win.”
In the midst of a bloodbath, people in Aleppo continue to have access to the Internet. Despite the airstrikes, despite the monumental infrastructural damage, civilians are tweeting and posting ‘last message’ videos.
People in eastern Aleppo were packing their bags and burning personal possessions as they prepared to leave, fearing looting by the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed militia allies.
“We have also been informed that pro-government forces have been entering civilian homes and killing those individuals found inside,” Colville added.
Capt. Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razek of the rebel Nour el-Din el-Zinki faction says the future of the city of Aleppo is to be negotiated during this humanitarian pause, which the rebels want the United Nations to monitor.
A surge of violence that erupted on April 22 has left more than 270 people dead in the divided northern city and undermined efforts to revive peace negotiations.
German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference the destruction was targeted and therefore constituted the “murder of a huge number of civilians”.
Rebel rocket and artillery fire on government-held neighbourhoods killed 18 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fighting between IS and government forces is concentrated in areas east of the town of Khanaser
The army entered the village of al-Tamura located on high ground above the towns of Anadan, Hayan and Haritan that have been heavily bombed in recent days.