Textile production returns to war-torn Aleppo – VIDEO

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ALEPPO, Syria – Aleppo’s industrial quarter – famed for its textile-making – is returning to normality after years of strife in Syria’s civil war, footage filmed on Saturday reveals.

On a visit to the shop floor this Saturday, factory owners and workers alike are confident once more in the city’s future in textiles.

“When we entered [the factory] and saw what we saw we were really sorrowful,” said one textile entrepreneur Abdulateef Hamida. Since government forces recaptured the city from terrorist forces in December 2016, “things are going very well,” according to Hamida.

Aleppo has historically been the nation’s industrial city, although much of its industrial base was destroyed, damaged or looted in the conflict. The textile sector, which at one time represented 60% of Aleppo’s industry, suffered greatly.

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The government of Bashar-al Assad has been offering support to returning industrialists, in an effort to give Syria’s war-ravaged economy a much-needed boost.

The hum of looms warping and wefting breathes new optimism into a post-conflict Aleppo and Syria.

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