Deir ez-Zor suspension bridge

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Deir ez-Zor suspension bridge
جسر دير الزور المعلق
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Deir ez-Zor bridge, with suspension cables and Euphrates
Coordinates 35°20′42″N 40°09′04″E / 35.34500°N 40.15111°E / 35.34500; 40.15111Coordinates: 35°20′42″N 40°09′04″E / 35.34500°N 40.15111°E / 35.34500; 40.15111
Crosses Euphrates river
Locale Deir ez-Zor, Syria
Characteristics
Design Suspension
Total length 500 m (1,600 ft)
Height 36 m (118 ft)
Longest span 105 m (344 ft)
No. of spans 4
History
Construction end 1927
Collapsed 2013 (Destroyed)

The Deir ez-Zor suspension bridge (Arabic: جسر دير الزور المعلق‎‎) was a pedestrian suspension bridge crossing the Euphrates River, in the city of Deir ez-Zor in north-eastern Syria.

The former footbridge connected, across the Euphrates River, the Levant region and the main section of the city on the southern bank, with Upper Mesopotamia region and the eastern section of the city on the northern bank.

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Former Deir ez-Zor suspension bridge crossing the Euphrates.
Cables and pedestrian deck of the former suspension bridge.

The iron/steel pedestrian bridge was built in 1927, by the French construction company Fougerolle (then-under Le Soliditit Françs), during the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon period (1920−1941).

The Deir ez-Zor suspension bridge was destroyed in May 2013, from shelling by Free Syrian Army forces during the Syrian Civil War. [1] [2]

After the suspension bridge was destroyed, the Siyasiyeh Bridge became the last entry route across the Euphrates to the western section of the city and the adjoining province of Hasakeh. However the locally renamed "bridge of death" was sufficiently dangerous to attacks that only one vehicle could speed across the bridge at a time during night time darkness. [1] It was destroyed in the autumn of 2014, being blown up as a result of clashes between the armed opposition and the Syrian Army. [3]

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