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Syria: Damascus National Museum comes back to life as East Ghouta ceasefire ensues02:40

Syria: Damascus National Museum comes back to life as East Ghouta ceasefire ensues

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
August 2, 2017 at 10:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

The National Museum in Damascus opened its doors to visitors, Tuesday, days following the implementation of the latest ceasefire and de-escalation agreements in East Ghouta.

A number of children were seen touring the museum's open-air exhibition, with guides leading the tour and explaining the history behind the monuments and antiquities on display. Meanwhile, maintenance and repair work inside the main exhibition area to fix damage sustained while fighting in the area is underway.

Many of the antiquities on display had been hidden over the past few years, according to the museum's deputy director Jihad Abu Kahrlah, due to "the fear of any terrorist assault, whether by rockets or shelling, because these antiquities might be harmed severely, whether due to being directly hit by mortar bombs, or due to the sound, or the fire resulting from the explosion."

On July 25, Russian Defence Ministry announced that several new de-escalation zones were set to be introduced in Syria, including near the city of Homs and in the region of East Ghouta.

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The National Museum in Damascus opened its doors to visitors, Tuesday, days following the implementation of the latest ceasefire and de-escalation agreements in East Ghouta.

A number of children were seen touring the museum's open-air exhibition, with guides leading the tour and explaining the history behind the monuments and antiquities on display. Meanwhile, maintenance and repair work inside the main exhibition area to fix damage sustained while fighting in the area is underway.

Many of the antiquities on display had been hidden over the past few years, according to the museum's deputy director Jihad Abu Kahrlah, due to "the fear of any terrorist assault, whether by rockets or shelling, because these antiquities might be harmed severely, whether due to being directly hit by mortar bombs, or due to the sound, or the fire resulting from the explosion."

On July 25, Russian Defence Ministry announced that several new de-escalation zones were set to be introduced in Syria, including near the city of Homs and in the region of East Ghouta.

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