Syria sees return of tourists

 Saturday, June 25, 2022 


Nick White, a 63-year-old British tourist was surprised by the destruction of Beirut city in Syria. A majority of the areas in the city have been crushed by the horrifying civil war in Syria.

Aleppo’s very old fortress has never been infringed, said White. He pointed to the thin fissures and cracks along the walls where arrows were shot and steaming oil poured on the Crusaders 800 years before.

The medieval citadel is bounded by a profound moat and sharp walls, and the only way in is via an old stone bridge that is held on high columns. The defense that it provided its populace centuries before was invigorated in 2013, when government forces stayed there for three years to ward off the insurgents in the city, triggered by the conviction that one who reins the citadel is on the front position.

Following years of quarrel, tourists are once again coming back to a much changed Syria. This summer, local people and tour operators are witnessing an increase in the number of visitors from western countries. Authorities in Syria have started giving away visas to interested foreigners in October to get a firsthand experience of the country where clash once took control of television screens and inundated Europe with migrants.

With the fading of the war in Syria – although soldiers still active – travelers are coming back, and opponents are urging that visitors think about how they can support a government that is infamous for its domination and cruelty.

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