Bittersweet Ramadan joy in war-weary Syria

Although the Etraib province in northern Aleppo has been the target of Syrian regime's airstrikes for days, Ramadan has revitalized the city's economic dynamism.

Bittersweet Ramadan joy in war-weary Syria

Kuzey News Agency 

Once the business capital of the country, the Syrian city of Aleppo has exprienced a slight economic refresh after the Islamic holy month of Ramadan started.

Although the Etraib province in northern Aleppo has been the target of Syrian regime's airstrikes for days, Ramadan has revitalized the city's economic dynamism.

One of the members of the local opposition groups, Hasan Ubeida, said "The tradesmen did not give up opening their stores despite month of heavy bombing. They are able to sell whatever people need."

Underlining that many stores and work places have been destroyed by the assaults, Ubaida noted, "The shopkeepers in the bazaar are not going anywhere. They insist on running on their businesses. Fruit juices, persimmons and other staff can be found in the bazaar. Unlike others, the one in Etraib still observes some economic dynamism. People continue shopping despite gruesome and relentless attacks from the state."

Because of the high temperatures, melons and watermelons are among the top-selling products.

The Baathist regime in Damascus have not hesitated to conduct airstrikes against innocent civilians for more than three years.

The provinces of Aleppo, that are controlled by opposition forces, are the regular targets of indiscriminate regime attacks.

Ubaida added, "The city center and the neighborhoods under opposition control have been attacked by the regime on a daily basis."

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