Starting a Project to Rehabilitate Watercourse of the Historic Afqa spring in Palmyra

Palmyra, (ST)- With the participation of the local community, Homs Governorate, Palmyra City Council and the Antiquities Directorate , a voluntary project to clean and rehabilitate the stream of the historic Afqa Spring and remove the dust and stones left by the terrorists from the entrance and inside the tunnel was started.

The project aims to restore the flow of spring water that flowed last April for the first time after a drought that lasted for about 25 years and to revive this archaeological tourist facility, which was one of the reasons for the existence of Palmyra and the gathering of mankind in this region for more than six thousand years.

Member of the Executive Office for the Water and Irrigation Sector in Homs Governorate, Kamal Al -Hallaq, stated in a statement to SANA that this project which is being carried out with the initiative of the people of the region who work manually to avoid damaging this archaeological site .Their work involves isolating and cleaning the stairs and the course of the cave. This is important because it contributes to the revival of the spring's water and the continuation of its flow towards the thirsty orchards of Palmyra oasis .He indicated that a technical schedule has been set for this important project until the Afqa spring returns as it was before.

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