People visit the Syrian stand during the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid on January 17, 2018. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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It is over a year since Bashar Assad's regime, with the help of Russian air strikes and barrel bombs, pounded the rebel-held east of Aleppo into submission.Now, having largely destroyed the city it sought to control, the Assad regime wants the world to visit what remains: as a tourist destination.It is the first time Syria has attended the trade fair since 2011, before the war broke out.Barsik said 1.3 million foreign visitors travelled to Syria last year, although that figure includes those who came from neighbouring Lebanon for only one day.
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