Syrian War Daily – 17th of April 2017

Hello and welcome to the 64th installment of the SWD.

Today is the 71st Independence Day of Syria, commonly known as Evacuation Day (Eid al-Jalaa) in Syria. It marks the day when the last French soldiers evacuated from Syria and independence was proclaimed on 17th of April 1946. Celebrations were held in a number of towns throughout the country, even in Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Military events are listed below by the governorates:

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How did Syrian war affect Sunni Cretan Greek community and Al-Hamidiyah

Sunni Cretan Greeks are a small community mainly located in the town of Al-Hamidiyah, Tartous governorate. In 2004 according to the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics Al-Hamidiyah had a population of 7400, Sunni Cretan Greeks constituting around 3500 of town’s population. Al-Hamidiyah is located about 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) north of Lebanese border and 40 kilometers (24.8 miles) by car from Tripoli (Al-Mina), Lebanon another town where Cretan Muslims can be found. Cretan Muslims are composed of converted Cretan Greeks and Turks that settled on the island during Ottoman control.

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