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Day trippers flock to Afrin’s orchards as Aleppo restores security

As stability returns to Afrin, locals are flocking back to the area's peaceful nature and archaeological attractions faster than the tourist industry can reopen to benefit from renewed tourism.
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters rest in a field in eastern Afrin, Syria March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - RC1B3281C1A0
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ALEPPO, Syria — The Afrin area of Aleppo's northwestern countryside has long been known for its beautiful landscape, and is tentatively reclaiming its role as the region’s favorite touristic spot now that there is relative security.

Domestic tourism around Afrin had stopped in the months before and during the fighting between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Turkish army against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The area regained relative stability after it came under the control of the FSA and the Turkish military following Operation Olive Branch. In the last three months, things have been gradually returning to normal, including in the recreational areas that Aleppans traditionally visit during the summer.

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