KHALED AL-JUMMA / AL-RAQQA
The people of al-Raqqa have been suffering from the difficulty of crossing between the two sides of the Euphrates and the large number of complaints, the Civil Council reform of al-Mansour Bridge; it is scheduled to be completed in a period exceeding two months.
The mercenaries had planted mines on the bridge leading to the destruction of about 90 meters of the bridge which in turn led to the exit of the bridge from the service.
Since then, the people have used boats for crossing, which are called in al-Raqqa "Boat of Death" because of their severity.
In this regard, the supervisor of the rehabilitation of the bridge Hasan al- Hasan said: "We started work on the rehabilitation of the bridge to reduce the suffering of the people, the first phase continues to remove the rubble from the bridge and then begin the second phase, which includes processing the bridge to return to the service of the people.
"The repair of the bridge is a gift by the Civil Council for the people of the southern countryside, but our joy is complete with the repair of the new bridge, which is carrying heavy weights," said Shadi al-Hasan.
Overview of the history of al-Mansour Bridge
It was named after the Abbasid Caliph Abu Jafar al-Mansour. In 1942, it was built by the British authorities at the time of its entry into Syria during the Second World War. It was called "Gate Bridge", which is about 630 meters long and runs over the Euphrates River towards the south.
Not only did the people of al-Raqqa consider al-Mansour Bridge to be a destination for picnicking, but also artists composed many folkloric songs from the Arab heritage that embodies their civilization.