Ain al-Arous Spring in Syria's Tal Abyad offers respite from summer heat

Ain al-Arous Spring in Syria's Tal Abyad offers respite from summer heat

Spring restored after Türkiye-led operation cleared Tal Abyad of YPG/PKK terrorists

By Esref Musa

TAL ABYAD, Syria (AA) - Ain al-Arous Spring, located in Syria's Tal Abyad town, has been restored providing a welcome respite for visitors seeking relief from the sweltering summer heat.

Located 3.5 kilometers (more than 2 miles) south of Tal Abyad district and 80 kilometers (some 50 miles) north of Raqqa province, the spring suffered from neglect during the occupation of Tal Abyad town by the YPG/PKK terrorist group as some areas near Ain al-Arous fell victim to looting and destruction.

However, following the Peace Spring Operation in 2019, which successfully cleared the town of terrorists, the local council took the initiative in restoring Ain al-Arous to its former glory through comprehensive repair and maintenance efforts.

Back in 1935, the renowned archaeology researcher Sir Max Mallwan and his wife, the British writer Agatha Christie, were so captivated by the spring's azure waters and nostalgic ambiance that she devoted a chapter to it in her diary titled "Come Tell Me How You Live" after their visit to Ain al-Arous.

Ain al-Arous is "a spiritual and historical gem for Tal Abyad residents," Salih Haj Abdullah, the president of Tal Abyad Local Council, told Anadolu.

He said that one of the council’s priorities after Türkiye's Peace Spring Operation was paying attention to Ain al-Arous.

"We cleaned the ruins and transformed the area into a green park with lush grass. Tables, chairs, and a designated barbecue spot were set up for the comfort of visitors," he said. "Additionally, we revitalized the spring's pool and installed an efficient lighting system in the park."

Abdullah emphasized the council's commitment to preserving the historical water mill in the area operated by the ancient aqueduct, making Ain al-Arous a cherished place for the people of Tal Abyad, both spiritually and historically.

"We've created a space where the people of Tal Abyad can find respite. Throughout history, historians, poets, and travelers immortalized their moments here in writing," he said.

For his part, Abud Hoja, a resident of Tal Abyad, expressed his frequent visits to Ain al-Arous to escape the blistering heat.

"This is the only place where we can cool off. We find both rest and relaxation here," he said. Hoja recalled how, during YPG/PKK’s occupation, Ain al-Arous suffered from neglect, transforming into a "swamp." However, thanks to the efforts of the local council's teams, the area has been restored to its magnificent condition.

"The expanded parking area and the enchanting night lighting make our family visits all the more enjoyable," Hoja added.

Qusay al-Muhammed, a 12-year-old visitor, also enjoyed the spring's cool waters as he swam with friends, expressing his delight in engaging in sports in the park area.

Ain al-Arous Spring, once again, stands as a witness to the rich history and natural beauty of Syria, offering a breather and refreshment to all who seek its rejuvenating waters amid the summer heat.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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