Syrians plant olive trees on sixth year of uprising

Residents of Damascus plant olive trees to mark sixth year of uprising against Syrian regime

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Image shows Syrian children planting olive tree in Damascus to mark sixth year of uprising against regime.

Residents of the Damascus suburb of Jobar have planted olive trees to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the popular uprising against the Syrian regime.

"Around 200 olive trees were planted in alleys destroyed by the Syrian regime and Russia," said Maher Abul Kheir, spokesman for the opposition-held suburb.

"[The move] reaffirms that the revolution is still working to topple the Syrian regime," he added.

Abul Kheir said the initiative to plant the olive tree intended to "breathe a new spirit in the suburb."

Syrian children preparing to plant olive trees on in Damascus to mark the sixth year of uprising for democracy / Photo by Anadolu Agency

Since March 2011 the Syrian opposition has been calling for an end to the four-decade rule of the Assad dynasty in Syria. The Bashar al Assad regime, however, cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity, pushing the country into a vicious civil war.

Recently, The Syrian Center for Policy Research released a new report saying that 470,000 Syrians have been killed and 1,900,000 others injured - nearly 11.5 percent of the Syrian population - in the five-year-long war.



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