Aleppo, Syria, Nov. 30, 2018. Fifty contractors hold a conference in the city of al-Atarib, Aleppo, Northern Syria to form the Contractors' Union that will gather all the contractors in the Aleppo governorate and work on defending their rights. The participants elected seven members to form the union council valid for six months and in charge of putting the internal bylaws and reaching out to other contractors to join. In 2017, building activity in al-Atarib has increased by 40 percent since 2011 due to the increasing population. A large number of residents depended on the cheap local construction materials, such as stones, to make buildings that violated 10 percent of public property area.
Photo: Fajr al-Din Orabi