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Olive tree symbol of peace, life and fertility

Many legends have been associated with olive trees over ages as it was linked to peace, life, victory and fertility.  Olives are the most ancient agricultural product in Syria, the native homeland of the olive tree. The number of olive trees in Syria has amounted to more than 90 million.

Olive trees spread almost everywhere in Syria. But they are mainly located in the northern and western regions (Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia and Tartous and Western Mountains of Homs). They are also widely spread in the southern region (Dara’a, Sweida and Quneitra). In fact, the blessed tree can be seen everywhere in Syria.

Musician from Berlin remembers how Turkish aggressor displaced her grandparents from Syria in 1915

The Turkish regime army’s ongoing attack on the northeast of Syria reminded my friend Hanin Elias, a musician from Berlin, how her surviving family escaped from Mardin to Ras Al-Ayn area in 1915.

She posted today on her Facebook account 2 photos showing the similarity between the displacement of people from the northeast of Syria in 1915 and 2019 by the same aggressor.

Teapot …. Causing a fire

It is the olive season in which the villagers go every day to reap olives from their lands. This village has a Mountain section rich in olives and other section which is plain where citrus fruit is abundant.

In Banjaro every olive season fires occur as a result of negligence. But this time a fire broke out because of a poor Bedouin woman was working in the olive land to earn a living , and unintentionally when she was heating a teapot she forgot the fire which causing The fire of the village devoured hundreds of dunams of olive trees and spread dramatically!!

The firefighting team of Jableh and its countryside, and the participation of a large number of residents, put it out. Even The party division secretary had attended there.

Children's Literature and Translation

Al-Assad Library recently hosted a symposium titled "Children's Literature and Translation" with the participation of a number of prominent Syrian writers and translators.

Organized by the Syrian General Book Commission, in cooperation with the Arab Writers Union and Damascus University, the symposium focused on various aspects of children's writing and translation.

Head of the Arab Writers' Union Malek Saqqour made an intervention about Russian writer Tolstoy Children's stories such as "The Elephant,  "Two Friends" and "Turtles and the Eagle", pointing out that these stories were simple in form but with important moral lessons and educational message.

Souk al-Itfayeh: Damascus’ Largest Second-Hand Clothes Market

Souk al-Itfayeh is the main used clothes market in Damascus city. The Souk is located in Khalid Bin Alwaleed Street, in Qanawat district in the Damascus downtown.

500 families of martyrs honored marking October Liberation War

Marking the 46th anniversary of the October Liberation War, the Syrian Association for Supporting the Families of Martyrs “Tammuz” held a ceremony to honor 500 martyr families of Syrian Arab Army soldiers  at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus.

The ceremony aimed to commemorate the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab army heroes who took part in October Liberation War and smashed the myth of the “invincible” Israeli army and who have been fighting terrorism over the past years of the global war on Syria.

"Jibal Ashams"  ( Mountains of the Sun)  film,  was screened during the ceremony. It was produced by "Tammuz" association in cooperation with the General Organization for Cinema and directed by Ayman Zidan.  The film embodies the value of martyrdom and martyrs. It also sheds light on the role of the Syrian women who proved their willpower in facing terrorism .

Starting-up “AVXW Make-Future Electronic Prosthetics Center” the first of its kind in Syria

Syrian youths have proved to the world that they are a beacon of excellence and creativity in all fields. Despite eight years of suffering due to the crisis in the country, they stayed steadfastly determined to continue their study and achieve their dreams.

 Eng. Ali Mohammed Al-Hassoun Al-Bakeer in cooperation with  two Biomedical Engineering students at Tishreen University in Lattakia province Sam Karafallah and Abdullah Qaddour have recently opened their own starting-up “ AVXW  Make-Future”  electronic  prosthetics   center  in Hama province..

"The center is our message, as Syrian youths, to stress our keenness on taking part effectively in the reconstruction process in the country. If the terrorists groups were able to amputate some parts of the Syrians’ bodies, they couldn’t uproot the spirit of development and creativity in all fields” Eng. Al-Bakeer told Syriatimes e-newspaper.

"The center is one of the first platforms of its kind in Syria that is concerned in producing and fixing electronic artificial limb for all ages” Al-Bakeer indicated.