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Turkey has opened a third branch of its Post and Telegraph Organisation (PTT) in Tal Abyad near the Turkish border, in a further expansion of Ankara’s economic influence in northern parts of Syria outside regime control.


The opposition-affiliated city council for Al-Bab in northern Aleppo governorate announced on November 9 that a committee tasked with surveying properties in the city’s Jabal Aqeil district would soon finish its work. The council called on real estate and landowners in the district to review the survey by no later than December 9 in case they have objections.


In the first step of its kind, an opposition-affiliated municipal council in northern Syria adopted zoning plans made for the town when it was under Syrian government control. More importantly, the plans were adopted after obtaining the agreement of town residents, which may be the first time such a step has been taken since the Baath Party took over in 1963.


The number of positive Covid-19 cases continued to increase this week. Officially more than 11,621 people have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic in March.


The Syrian Interim Government declared Al-Bab "a disaster area" on October 11, as the town represents an estimated two-thirds of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the northern Aleppo and Idlib areas.


The collapse of the Syrian currency is accelerating the transition to the Turkish lira in northern parts of the country, integrating them more deeply into the Turkish economy and away from the rest of the country.


Turkey is expanding its use of electricity supplies as a means of extending its influence in Syria’s northern areas.


Turkey’s Post and Telegraph Organisation (PTT) has opened two mobile branches in Tal Abyad and Ras Al-Ayn, the sixth and seventh it has opened in parts of northern Syria controlled by its proxies.


The two tables below list all foreign exchange companies registered in Syria.


General trading; contracting


Gaziantep University plans to become the second Turkish university to open faculties in areas under Turkish control in northern Syria.


Across the country, there are increasing situations of strikes as Syrians protest their harshening economic conditions and continuing chaos.


A first official crossing has opened between the Euphrates Shield Area and regime-held areas north of Aleppo.


Turkey has reopened to its truck drivers a key border crossing with Syria, raising tensions and protests from their Syrian counterparts.


The Al-Bab Local Council has launched a gas filling plant, which will supply the whole Euphrates Shield Area, while a new Palace of Justice, funded by Turkey, has also opened north of Aleppo.


The Euphrates Shield Area (ESA) is witnessing several new developments that highlight its increasing autonomy relative to Damascus but also its rising ties to Turkey.


A Turkish university is opening a faculty in the Euphrates Shield Area, highlighting the increasing influence and long-term commitment of Turkey in the north of Syria.


A Turkish University has announced that it would organize a test to enable students living in the Euphrates Shield Area to apply for enrolment.


The Turkish Government has decided to open a new border crossing near Afrin and to empower the governor of the Hatay province with the administration of this Syrian region.


Construction works on an industrial zone in the Euphrates Shield area north of Aleppo have begun with the aims of attracting investment and boosting economic activity in this pocket under the control of the Turkish authorities.


Production and trade of food products; trade in building materials


The Free Syria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an opposition business lobbying group, has elected its new board of directors.


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Dozens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey have returned to Syria in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army, according to Turkish officials.