05:41 GMT06 April 2020
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    ALEPPO (Sputnik) - The first civilian plane flying from the Syrian capital of Damascus with 120 passengers aboard landed at Aleppo International Airport on Wednesday after a nearly eight-year hiatus.

    The passengers included the Syrian transport and tourism ministers and a number of travellers and media workers.

    First photos from Aleppo-Damascus aircraft
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    First photos from Aleppo-Damascus aircraft

    Earlier in the day, the airport’s director, Mohammad al-Masri, said that all of the airport's departments were ready. The facility was shut down in 2012 due to terrorist attacks. According to al-Masri, the airport was severely affected by the crisis in the country.

    The opening comes as the Syrian government recently won back access to the M5 Damascus-Aleppo international highway from rebel control.

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