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After years of war, the scent of laurel oil once again wafts from a small soap workshop in Aleppo, signaling the revival of a landmark trade in the battered northern city. Surrounding soap workshops in the Neirab district still lie in ruins, badly damaged in the four-year battle for the former rebel stronghold.Shami reopened his soap workshop last month after shutting it down in 2012, when Syria's second city became a main front in the 8-year-long conflict.Shami says he was able to resume operations quickly because Aleppo soap is handmade.HOME IS WHERE THE SOAP ISAfter closing down in 2012, Shami tried to continue his work in other major Syrian cities.The three-story stone workshop covers a space of around 9,000 square meters and is considered among the largest in the city.Gebeily, who heads a committee of Aleppo soap producers, says the province used to produce around 30,000 tons of soap per year before the conflict.
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