Mustafa AY – TDO – 25.11.2017 Syrian Minister of Transport Ali Hamud made an interview with Sputnik International and listed how much Syrian conflict has costed since 2011. Minister Hamud uttered that 50 percent of intercity roads that is equivalent to 4100 km of roads have been annihilated during the war. 75 percent of the railways have been seriously damaged and needed to be repaired so that they can render the country’s railways fully functional. Minister Hamud particularly emphasized the importance of railways as it plays a role of ‘shouldering’ economy.
Besides the major infrastructural information, Minister Hamud stated that vital transport hubs varying from airports to rail-stations should be repaired. In addition to that, 50 major bridges and 17 railway bridges, which are parts of the abovementioned percentages, become main objectives of the ministry. Minister Hamud added that some of the demolished railway bridges worked to interconnect Euphrates River. That’s why, it is so important to take actions to repair and monitor the railways. As Minister Hamud drew attention to the reconstruction of major infrastructures in the country, he praised (SAF) Syriam Armed Forces’ repair brigades since it assumed all transportation works. Minister Hamud said that SAF’s specialists undertook essential hard-works like refurbishing roads. He finished his interview by touching the point that they will build homes to resettle all Syrians who fled war.