CHRISTMAS lights went up in Aleppo on Tuesday one year after jihadist death squads were vanquished from the Syrian city.
A large tree was lit up at al-Aziziyeh Square in western Aleppo as Syrians made preparations for the celebration of Christmas and the new year.
Last year’s event was marked by a bomb attack as the remaining jihadists were being driven out of the city, but there were no reported casualties.
Aleppo Governor Hussein Diyab said the lighting of the tree was a message of peace from the people of the Syrian city to the whole world, “a message of joy, sacrifices and new birth.”
It marks one year since the siege of the city, which had been under the control of Isis and other jihadist groups, came to an end.