News from a friend in Aleppo:
Following the ceasefire, my associate wrote from his home in Aleppo to update his friends in the west on the circumstances there.
-: Aleppo city is much more calmer since the beginning of the agreement, except for some violations that took place the first hours of the agreement, and yesterday at 21:50, when 2 mortars shelled on the government held area, followed by ambulance sirens around 22:00. In general, so far, Aleppo city is much calmer than before. No shells, no jets in the sky, no clashes. 80% better than before.
– Situation in Aleppo province didn’t change much, according to news. The terrorists attacked the liberated villages of Nobbol & az-Zahraa with rockets, but there were no casualties. In other areas of the province, fighting is still on going: SAA (The Syrian Arab Army) vs. Nusra & Da’esh; Kurds vs. Turks from the borders; Kurds vs. Terrorists; terrorists vs. other terrorists… Violations of the ceasefire are from the terrorist groups and Turkey.
– Russians recorded 15 violations in Syria in the last 24 hours. Russia said as well that Nusra terrorists were shelling mortars in Latakya province from the Turkish borders (from Turkey). The Turks are targeting the Kurds in Tell Abyad border town, claiming fighting Da’esh on the media!
– There is news or gossip about treasons that happened in 3 checkpoints on the road to Aleppo that caused the setback and the loss of hundreds of lives among the Syrian soldiers. The morals are down regarding such news. While Hezbollah brave fighters and Syrian special forces paid high price to liberate the long road, others are bribed because they are corrupted rotten members in the body. The war has exposed the worst things in us, but it has motivated others to do the best they could do. From one side you see the traitors, opportunists, and corrupted ones, on the other side there are the brave heroes and martyrs who are defending millions like myself.
Life in the Government Controlled part of Aleppo:
– Aleppo road had been finally liberated, but needs a lot of repairing. Aleppo was isolated for almost a week of tough fighting to take it back. There were snipers and a lot of mines so it was damaged very badly/
– Prices, obviously, started to jump up because nothing was coming in to the city. Goods and fuel became expensive, in part because of the road battles, and n part because of the rising price of the dollar. The crisis traders and merchants were the happiest group in the situation! It will be some time before prices come down when goods and fuel start to enter the city, after the road has been repaired.
– The thermal station of Aleppo that had been liberated lately by the SAA, needs billions of dollars to start working again. Before leaving it, the terrorists made sure to loot everything they could, and sabotage the rest, even its fuel. They looted as much as they could, and burned the rest. Aleppo has been without power (electricity) for 5 months now, and without water for more than 1 month. Repairing that station will need a miracle.