Footage released on Friday captured the progress of the restoration to Aleppo’s key water pumping facility at al-Khafsa near the Euphrates.

SOT, Abdul Wahab Habha, Director of water distribution station in Aleppo Province (Arabic): “Water from here went on to irrigate the land over an area of 50,000 square hectares. This is a huge facility that provided water throughout the northern part of Syria and even some southern provinces.”

SOT, Ahmad Bahridiyab, Water tower engineer (Arabic): “We were here under the control of militants. But even then we continued with our work. Every day we came here and made sure that everything was in order. The terrorists thought that the station would serve them. When they had to retreat, they wanted to blow it up but did not have the time [to do it].”

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