People from the northern Syrian city of al-Bab are trying to get back to normal life by returning to the city, which was freed from ISIS by Turkish armed forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as part of Operation Euphrates Shield on February 23.
The streets of al-Bab look alive again, with children playing, new shops opening and peddlers selling fuel with cans, while the returned Syrians search for personal items under the wreckage of their homes.
The infrastructure of al-Bab was heavily damaged during the clashes between ISIS terrorists and FSA units, leaving the city without any electricity or water.
Currently, generators provide much needed electricity to the citizens, while water is obtained from nearby wells.
Al-Bab’s citizens are also facing problems due to the lack of functioning bakeries in the city. Non-governmental organizations try to meet the bread needs of the Syrians, who previously fled the city to nearby towns and villages due to the terrorist violence.
Ahmad al-Sabagh, an Arabic language teacher from al-Bab, said that efforts have to be exerted by all sides to rehabilitate the city of al-Bab. He along with his colleagues visited al-Bab schools and accessed the damage caused by the Turkish bombing and ISIS booby traps.
No one is turning his eye to this devastated city. Schools have to be rehabilitated. Roads have to be paved. Electricity and drinking water have to run again. Al-Bab is a great city. It is unfair to see it in this miserable condition, the teacher Ahmad Sabagh told Orient Net.
Muhammed Ebu Kese, a representative of Turkey’s Diyanet Foundation (TDV), said that there were currently 10,000 people living in al-Bab. The foundation distributes bread and packages filled with basic food to citizens in need.
Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield on August 24, 2016. It said that Manbij will be the next city to be captured but the rules of the game seem to be changing as the SDF handed over Manbij to Assad regime.