The people of Jisr al-Shughour began returning to their city on Wednesday morning after they were forced to leave it by armed terrorist groups who wrought havoc in the peaceful city to serve external agendas targeting Syria’s stability and security.
In a statement to SANA, the people of Jisr al-Shughour affirmed that the crimes and conspiracies will not persuade them to abandon their land, praising the Syrian Army’s efforts to restore security and tranquility to the city.
Mohammad Walid Kharrat, who left the city when the troubles started and stayed with a relative in Aleppo, said upon returning to his home on Wednesday that the armed groups terrorized his family and robbed all his possessions.
Mohammad Shaaban didn’t fare any better; his computer store was broken into by the armed groups and the merchandise was stolen. He was also attacked and threatened by these groups when he tried to stop them from vandalizing public and private properties.
He said that life is starting to return to normal, and that electricity, water, bread and basic necessities are available in the city.
A minibus driver from al-Marj al-Akhdar village said he was forced to stay in his house when the events began in the area, which had a negative effect on his income and other people’s livelihoods, adding that life is starting to go back to normal after the army entered the city and that he’s back to making a living.
Director of the National Hospital in Jisr al-Shughour, Dr. Yousef Darwish, said that work is underway to prepare and restore the hospital and fix the equipment damaged by the armed groups, announcing that the hospital will be open to patients as of next Saturday.
Dr. Darwish said that his patients fled from the armed groups, adding that the hospital staff remained on duty during the events until late hours.
In turn, head of Jisr al-Shughour Attorney Office, Judge Moammar Amro, said that the terrorist groups’ attacks on the Justice Palace aimed at wiping out their own criminal records, noting that the building was destroyed with an explosion inside it, and that all files and records were burned, along with all the courtrooms and judges’ quarters.
The Telephone Department was also targeted by the armed group, destroying its equipment that’s serviced more than 140,000 people in the city and its surroundings, which caused a complete shutdown of telephone services.
The Post Office within the Telephone Department was also attacked and the funds in it were stolen, while two houses belonging to the two departments were burned.
The armed terrorist groups also attacked retail establishments and stole food and supplies from them.
A source at the city council said that work is ongoing to restore services as soon as possible and that damage to the city and its infrastructure is being inspected, adding that Idleb city council will provide all the city’s requirements.
In this framework, Governor of Idleb Khaled al-Ahmad toured Jisr al-Shughour and witnessed the extent of the damage caused by the terrorist groups, calling on department heads to begin restoration and recovery work immediately to ensure that all establishments are up and running again as soon as possible.
The Governor also met with people from the city and listened to their demands, needs and viewpoints, most of which focused on appropriating basic necessities to restore normal life in the city.