The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee held a meeting with a delegation from the Free Engineers Syndicate on Wednesday to discuss plans for future field work in areas affected by the recent earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.
The SOC’s attendees included Vice-President Abdulahad Astepho, members of the political committee, and General Assembly, while the Free Engineers Syndicate was represented by Ahmed Nanaa, Bassam Zeitoun, Engineer Alaeddin Al-Jabri, Bilal Sheikh Ahmed, and Ali Hallaq.
During the meeting, Director of the Syndicate, Ahmed Nanaa, emphasized the need for joint action between the two organizations to establish a stage of participatory work in the liberated areas. Al-Jabri discussed the situation in the liberated areas after the earthquake, stating that a technical committee was formed to inspect the Midanki Dam in the Afrin region and assure the public of its safety. In response to the earthquake, the committee also set up an online form which received 3,000 requests for building inspections.
Al-Jabri also noted that the Free Engineers Syndicate provided technical consultations and began conducting comprehensive inspections and examinations of buildings, schools, mosques, and homes in the northern rural Aleppo after February 15. The total number of inspections exceeded 7,000 buildings.
He stressed the importance of developing an engineering urban plan for the liberated areas in cooperation with local councils to avoid random urban expansion.
The earthquake disaster highlighted the need for the role of the Free Engineers Syndicate in studying earthquake codes, and the meeting discussed mechanisms for future field work in the affected areas.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)