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Syrians in opposition-held areas near Aleppo obtain new IDs

With Turkey’s help, al-Bab’s local council started issuing new IDs to Syrians who had lost them in the war, a move that will soon be applicable in the entire Euphrates Shield area.
A man scans his thumbprint during a registration process for a new Identification card at al-Bab city council offices in the northeast of Aleppo, Syria July 15, 2018. Picture Taken July 15, 2018. REUTERS/ Khalil Ashawi - RC1F92F66FE0

ALEPPO, Syria — The residents of al-Bab and surrounding towns in the eastern Aleppo countryside began obtaining new identification cards on July 19. As a first stage, al-Bab’s local council, with the Turkish government’s help, issued 140,000 new IDs. The same will apply to other areas in northern Syria that are controlled by the Syrian armed opposition.

In order to be granted an ID, one is required to refer to the census office at al-Bab’s local council to obtain a personal status record for each family member. The documents issued by the Syrian regime’s institutions proving the identity of the applicant are used when applying for an ID.

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