A Chinese state-run company has made an offer to finance, build and develop a railway project that would link the Syrian capital with its suburbs through four rail lines, state media reported this week.
The Syrian government has announced that it is generating money from property it owns in Lebanon and is seeking to retake possession of land it has owned in Jordan and Saudi Arabia since the time of the Ottoman Empire.
The attacks on Syria’s railway network in the last few months cost the Syrian Railways Organisation, the country’s rail transporter, an estimated SYP 1.7 billion, George Muqaabari, the head of the company, said.
This factsheet provides an overview of Syria’s railway sector from the early 2000s until today. It sheds light on the sector prior to the Syrian uprising; the many projects that coincided with President Bashar Al-Assad’s ambition of transforming the country into the region’s transport hub; the damages to the sector caused by the decade-long conflict; and the challenges to the sector’s reconstruction.
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