Syria’s Idlib bids Merkel farewell in a token of gratitude

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Two Syrian artists have created a mural of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a destroyed wall in the eastern Idlib town of Binnish, as a token of gratitude for the leader before she leaves office this year. Artist Aziz Al-Asmar and Anis Saleh Hamdoun thanked Merkel on behalf of Syrians after Germany’s first woman chancellor opened the border to refugees in 2015, during the height of the Syria war. Merkel – who is set to retire from politics following the 26 September German elections – has been praised by many Syrians for the humanitarian act, despite criticism from some in Germany. The mura…

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