According to the statements of local authorities, Zabadani resort town in Damascus province, which is located 25 kilometers from the Syrian capital, is now fully liberated after fierce clashes between the Syrian Army and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants (ex. Al-Nusra front). Residents who left the city more than five years ago began to return to their homes and manage their further life.
It is worth noting that prior to the outbreak of hostilities Zabadani was regarded as one of the flagship resorts in Syria. The town was popular due to its favorable location near the Barada River (not far from the Syrian-Lebanese border) and attracted tourists with its extraordinary mountain scenery and picturesque landscapes.
In recent years the town was run by HTS militants, but after the defeat they were forced to retreat, leaving behind only ruins. Before the war, the population of the town was around 190,000 people. Currently this figure is only 80,000.
Unfortunately, most of the houses in the town are partly destroyed because of militants’ actions, and now they will have to be demolished to build new buildings. Rehabilitation works is not yet in full swing, but the Syrian engineers have already conducted mine-sweeping in the area. This fact allowed builders to prepare the central part of the town for large-scale reconstruction works.
The restoration of the railway station and railway…