Opening soap Khan in Aleppo after its rehabilitation, and manufacturing largest bar of soap in the world

The smell of soap has returned to the old city of Aleppo in the Soap Khan, which has been re-operated today after being restored and rehabilitated as a result of the destruction and devastation of its old stones, wooden ceilings, doors and traditional components due to terrorism.

The Soap Khan presents the creativity of the soap makers (Sheikh al-Kar), and characterizes the city with laurel which Aleppo has  become famous for. So that today it is distinguished by the manufacture of the largest bar of soap in the world weighing 1520 kilograms.

Sharaf Al-Din Dahan, director of marketing and production of the Soap  Khan said to SANA reporter that the khan was destroyed and ruined by terrorists. The work has been restored and rehabilitated to preserve the ancestral profession and  to tell the story of what fathers inherited from their ancestors in this ancient industry.

Ahmed Madrati, the supervisor of the restoration work in the Khan, underscored the  archaeological importance of the khan, which was restored according to its old urban style and identity as the most famous khans of Aleppo while adhering to the technical conditions and specifications specified by the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in terms of the use of ancient archaeological stones and the wooden ceilings of the rooms.  The external courtyard of the khan was also  restored and paved to tell the story of 520 years of the Khan's life.

Firefighters mange to extinguish fires that raged in Mashata al-Helo, Dreikeesh and Hreisoun forests in Tartous

PROVINCES, (ST)- Tireless efforts continued on Saturday to be exerted by firefighting teams in cooperation with the Syrian Arab army, civil defense teams and locals to put out the fires that raged in the forests and farmlands of the countryside of Lattakia, Tartous and Homs aiming to prevent these fires from extending to other areas.

In Tartous, the firefighting teams of the Agriculture Directorate, as well as civil defense teams and citizens managed to extinguish the wildfires that broke out yesterday in different parts of Mashta al-Helo, Dreikeesh, and Hreisoun areas in Tartous countryside while intensive efforts continue to be exerted to extinguish the fires in other areas.

Homs hosts its first book fair specialized in the Syrian and translated novel

Homs, (ST) - With the participation of several Syrian institutions and publishing houses, the city of Homs is hosting the "The Syrian and Translated Novel" exhibition, held for the first time. The exhibition hosted by the Al-Irshad Publishing Library Gallery in Homs, is held in cooperation between the Culture Directorate and the Arab Writers Union Branch in Homs.

The director of Al-Irshad Publishing House, Abdul-Jabbar Al-Jandali, told SANA that the idea of holding the exhibition stemmed from the interest of the majority of readers in the novel and story and the impact of the economic situation on their passion for reading. This prompted the organizers of the exhibition to launch an event that satisfies the reading audience's passion and at the same time takes into account their economic circumstances.

Al-Jandali explained that the displayed publications include Syrian and translated novels by the Arab Writers Union and the Culture Directorate, with discounts exceeding 50 percent, stressing that the high turnout for the exhibition led to a one-week extension with the increase in discounts for novels.

The Head of the Arab Writers Union in Homs, Abdul Rahman Al-Bitar, said that the idea of reading would not end despite the great challenges that it faces, which motivates us to support the segment of readers and increase their number. "The exhibition has a certain specificity because it is specialized in the novel, which is one of the important literary genres in the development of language and intellectual movement. It is close to readers and deals with general issues in a manner based on dialogue and smooth narration, in contrast to the scientific method of research", he added.

A stand of solidarity with Syria in Vienna, denouncing the coercive measures

Vienna, (ST) -  With the participation of Arab students and Austrian citizens, the branch of the National Union of Syrian Students in Slovakia and the initiative "Hands Off Syria" organized a solidarity stand in front of the European Union headquarters in the Austrian capital Vienna yesterday.

The participants in the stand held banners denouncing the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people and they carried national flags.

A delegation that includes Dr. Ali Asaad, Head of the Student Branch, and Mamoun Shawky, Head of the Initiative, delivered a message during their meeting with the European Union’s Deputy Representative, Bougier Sergir, affirming that the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed by the United States and some of its allies on Syria are a flagrant violation of international, moral and humanitarian law, especially in light of the Corona pandemic.

The message stressed that unilateral coercive measures threaten peace and stability in the region and the world, constitute support for the terrorists and are a hindrance to the efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Malban … handicraft made from grape juice in Homs

Syrian towns and regions are often famous for the cultivation of a specific crop, therefore, making Malban in Homs is one of them, the specifically, in the village of Al Mutadarad in the western countryside of Homs, it is the most unique in Syria.

Malban traditionally comes from the grapevines of Al Mutadarad village that is famous for making this type of handicraft.

Thickened with starch and flavored with rosewater, it is mainly used to make traditional Arabic sweets that have been around for many centuries.