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Before the war, Adra was Syria’s biggest industrial city, where at territory of 7,000 hectares were about 2,000 factories and plants. In 2013, Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) militants seized the city. After the terrorists attacked the city with population of 20,000 only 500 people remained there. However, several months ago, the governmental forces liberated the city.
“Before the war, 20,000 people lived in the city,” the mayor said.
“In recent years, the population even grew mostly because of the refugees, who fled the war areas, mostly from Duma, but as the terrorists were approaching this city, a massive outflow began. Now people are gradually returning home.”
He said the electricity supplies to the city are smooth now, the telephone communications are working, and the issue of clear drinking water is also settled – it is brought from a clear mountainous spring nearby.