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Syria: Damascus-Aleppo motorway under reconstruction ahead of reopening02:51

Syria: Damascus-Aleppo motorway under reconstruction ahead of reopening

Syrian Arab Republic, Morek
September 2, 2019 at 17:43 GMT -00:00 · Published

The strategic M5 motorway that connects the northern city of Aleppo to the Syrian capital Damascus is under reconstruction ahead of being potentially reopened, as shown in footage filmed on Monday near the town of Morek in Syria's Hama Governorate.

Footage shows road construction equipment on the motorway, as well as men using heavy equipment near the road.

According to the Director of Road Transportation in Hama, Khudr Fattoum, the area was cleared of explosives by engineering experts.

"We immediately started the urgent maintenance to the axis in order to ease traffic movement, and to ease locals return to their villages and residential gatherings," he added."

An important trade route for Syria, connecting the country's northern commercial hub to the Jordanian border, the M5 highway was cut off in Idlib in 2014. Its reopening is a result of plans made during the Astana process, reinforced during the continued Astana talks on May in the Kazakh capital.

On Saturday, a Syrian Arab Army ceasefire went into effect in Idlib.

Syria: Damascus-Aleppo motorway under reconstruction ahead of reopening02:51
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The strategic M5 motorway that connects the northern city of Aleppo to the Syrian capital Damascus is under reconstruction ahead of being potentially reopened, as shown in footage filmed on Monday near the town of Morek in Syria's Hama Governorate.

Footage shows road construction equipment on the motorway, as well as men using heavy equipment near the road.

According to the Director of Road Transportation in Hama, Khudr Fattoum, the area was cleared of explosives by engineering experts.

"We immediately started the urgent maintenance to the axis in order to ease traffic movement, and to ease locals return to their villages and residential gatherings," he added."

An important trade route for Syria, connecting the country's northern commercial hub to the Jordanian border, the M5 highway was cut off in Idlib in 2014. Its reopening is a result of plans made during the Astana process, reinforced during the continued Astana talks on May in the Kazakh capital.

On Saturday, a Syrian Arab Army ceasefire went into effect in Idlib.

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