Saadallah al-Jabiri Square
|Saadallah al-Jabiri Square|
Arabic: ساحة سعدالله الجابري
Saadallah al-Jabiri Square in January 2011
Saadallah Al-Jabiri Square (Arabic: ساحة سعدالله الجابري) is the central town square at the heart of the Syrian city of Aleppo. It is the most important square in the city, experiencing most of the celebrations and festivals in Aleppo.
The square is adjacent to the Aleppo Public Park, intersected by Majd al-Deen al-Jabiri street from the east and Kamel al-Ghazzi street from the west. It took its name from the Syrian patriotic leader and politician; the former prime minister Saadallah al-Jabiri. A monument to the Syrian martyrs is erected in the northern forehead of the square. Parts of the stream bed of Queiq River are covered by the square and the adjacent roads and buildings.
In February 2010, the Aleppo City Council announced its intention to launch a rehabilitation process in the square, which may play an important role in the solution of the traffic congestion in the centre of the city.
October 2012 bombings
On 3 October, three suicide car bombs exploded at the eastern corner of the Al-Jabiri Square killing at least 40 people. More than 122 people were reported to be heavily injured. A speaker of the "Syrian Revolution Council" named Abu Firas al-Halabi claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombs targeted the Officers' club and the nearby buildings of the Touristic Hotel and the historic "Jouha Café". The hotel was heavily damaged while the café was entirely destroyed. Small building within the Officers' club was ruined as well.
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