Syrian civilians of the al-Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside have come back to their homes following the removal of foreign-backed militants from the area by the Syrian army.
The residents of a number of towns, including Al-Jibbeh, Hosh Arab, and Ra’s al-Ma’ara, have taken to the streets to celebrate and express joy over the army gains.
On April 16, the Syrian army regained control of the al-Qalamoun region following a month-long military operation that led to the defeat of thousands of extremists including the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants.
The government has started repairing the infrastructure of liberated towns and cities, which have been damaged in the conflict while the army and aid convoys distribute food, medicine, and supplies among needy people.
Syria has been plagued by militancy since March 2011. The Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to some sources, more than 140,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced due to the ongoing violence.