Syria DirectSyria Direct Staff2024-05-16T11:00:01+02:00

  • Workers pick strawberries in Rami Soulaq’s fields in Bidama, a town in the western countryside of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, 6/5/2024 (Mahmoud Hamza/Syria Direct)

Unlikely crops find fertile ground in Idlib

The unlikely fruit of war and displacement, unconventional crops like strawberries, broccoli and Damask roses are taking root in Idlib province, where they were seldom cultivated before the war.

  • Syrians protest at the Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey in the northern Aleppo countryside in response to mob violence against Syrians in Turkey, 1/7/2024 (Ali Ahmad al-Najjar)

Anti-Syrian riots serve Ankara’s goal of refugee returns

While Ankara condemns anti-refugee riots and makes arrests in the wake of “the most violent wave of hatred” to date, Syrians in Turkey say the attacks indirectly serve the government’s goal of refugee returns as it signals normalization with Assad.


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