DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – Life in Syria’s Palmyra liberated from the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) terror group is gradually getting back to normal, with about 400 families having returned to the city and new schools and a hospital having opened.
Local residents told Sputnik about reviving Palmyra after a year of devastating rule of the Daesh terrorists and thanked Russian military for helping to liberate the city.
Less than a year after that the Syrian army supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces managed to liberate Palmyra. Russian specialists demined the historic center as well as residential areas of the city. Russian historians and renovators visited Palmyra in early July and prepared a report assessing the condition of the damaged sites and costs of the renovation works.
PEOPLE RETURNING TO THEIR HOMES
Samir Mahmud, the head of a local council, told Sputnik that the life was getting back to normal with people returning to their homes: streets are cleared from debris, people have access to drinking water.
"Around 400 families returned to Palmyra and we are providing them with all necessary services. Other residents will also gradually return," Mahmud said.
"We thank Russia headed by President [Vladimir] Putin and our army headed by President [Bashar] Assad for the liberation of Palmyra from these terrorists that had been devastating everything in our city," Mahmud said.
Local resident Abud Saleh echoed Mahmud's words, saying that security had returned to Palmyra with the city lifting its head again.
TOUGH TIMES FOR DOCTORS
"Life started to return to its normal course gradually owing to the help of local residents. Even the hospital is open again," a director of the local hospital said.
"The involvement of Russian forces along with Syrian troops restored security in the city," the hospital’s director said.
DARK TIMES BEHIND
"Palmyra witnessed dark times during the IS militants’ invasion," Mohamed Asaad, the son of famous archaeologist Khaled Asaad, said.
Asaad pointed out that Syrian military and their Russian allies sacrificed their lives to help the city.
"God willing, roses will blossom where they spilled their blood," he added.