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Reconstruction operation kicks off in eastern Aleppo

Syrian workers remove rubble on December 27, 2016, as they clean up the water station in Aleppo’s Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood. (Photo by AFP)

Reconstruction work is underway in eastern Aleppo following the recent liberation of the strategic Syrian city from the grip of Takfiri terror groups.

A video released on Wednesday shows tractors and forklifts in the Saif al-Dawla district clearing the streets of sandbags and rubble amid efforts to help civilians return to normal life to eastern Aleppo, which had been under militant control since 2012.

Russian rescue workers have also opened a mobile hospital in eastern Aleppo to help those wounded in the violence prior to the city’s liberation.

“At the moment two tents are deployed: surgical and therapeutic and paediatric. At the moment about 100 people got assistance, we plan to provide help to 100 more,” said Ruslan Guzeev, head of the Russian medical department of special purpose.

Footage released Wednesday also showed doctors providing care to locals.

Shop owners are also preparing to resume business, while workers went back to the factories, which are now back in operation.

Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis has called for the restoration of Aleppo’s production abilities as a top priority.

Tractors start to clean up areas formerly held by Takfiri terrorists in the northern city of Aleppo on December 27, 2016 (Photo by AFP). 

Last week, the Syrian government adopted a plan of action meant to restore public services and security to the northwestern city.

The plan includes a range of measures such as the opening of Aleppo roads, providing water, electricity and fuel to citizens as well as assessing conditions for repair and reconstruction activities there.

On Monday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus will fight until the liberation of “every inch” of the homeland from militant and extremist presence.

He said Damascus does not consider the liberation of Aleppo as a victory until “we have eliminated all the terrorists.”

Late last year, the Syrian army managed to liberate the eastern sector of Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city, which had fallen to Takfiri groups back in 2012.

Government forces later secured the evacuation of remaining civilians and armed groups from the city under a ceasefire deal with the militant groups, brokered by Russia and Turkey.

The Aleppo deal set the stage for a landmark all-Syria truce deal between Damascus and foreign-backed militant groups operating in the country.

The diplomatic achievements were made following high-level trilateral talks involving Russia, Iran and Turkey over the Syria crisis in Moscow.

President Assad had earlier hailed the victory in Aleppo as “history in the making” and “a huge step” in bringing the war in Syria to an end.

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