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Mary Convoy
Mary Convoy

Mary Convoy from Lebanon to Syria Begins

Syrian-Lebanese Borders- At a campaign titled "Side by Side, Mary Convoy from Lebanon to Syria"; More than 400 Lebanese ladies on Sunday began a tour to Syria.

On board 8 buses, the Lebanese ladies reached the border crossing point with Syria where they were welcomed by Syrian ladies, featuring together a most beautiful image of unity between the people of the two neighboring countries.

The initiative aims to express support for Syria in the face of international conspiracies and plots targeting people, leadership and national stances.


Later, the convoy, led by tens of cars, headed toward Damascus touring the streets from Mazzeh Highway toward the Umayyad Square and Beirut Road, then through al-Hijaz Square and al-Naser Street leading to al-Hamidieh entrance and then to the Umayyad Mosque.

"We wouldn't accept to support the Syrian people through TV screens only," said Samar al-Haj, coordinator of Mary Convoy's organizing committee.

"We came to tell you that the resistant Arab Lebanon and these resistant ladies have strong memory of the history and geography and realize that no man can separate what unites Syria and Lebanon together by God," added al-Haj, stressing to SANA correspondent that "As long as you are fine, we are fine."

Head of businesswomen committee at Damascus Chamber of Commerce, Sounia Khanji, said this visit is very important to break the fear barrier of some who feel afraid of coming and touring in Syria and to stress that "Syria is still the country of safety."

"The arrival of this convoy will present a good idea in terms of boosting Syria's tourist image," Khanji added, citing particularly the religious tourism which is the main aim of the Lebanese ladies participating in Mary Convoy.


 Mary Convoy Ladies

The Ladies have a plan to visit the Umayyad Mosque and Lady of Sednaya Church and tour the souqs (markets) in the old city of Damascus.

Hala Sbeiti from the Lebanese Mumkin Association said "We came here to stress our standing by the Syrian people in their ordeal because we believe we are one people and we have one enemy; therefore, we should be like one hand in confronting this international attack which aims at dividing our countries into sects and cantons to make us unable to defend ourselves."

Journalist Ugarit Dandash from the Lebanese al-Jadeed TV considered it her duty to participate in activities in support of Syria and its people, saying this is not the first time she takes part in such activities. "Today, however, I came on a mission from the TV…but it is just the same…I am here and we are here because this land is ours and we are defending our right to exist and our right to choose the leadership that suits us and this is very natural," Dandash added.

Muna Saleh from al-Ittihad Party said "We have participated in the convoy to express our support to Syria and its leadership…and we call on the Syrian people to stay awake and be alert because what is happening to Syria is unfair."

"Nadia al-Halabi from al-Mtein region pointed out to SANA that they will start a campaign of nominal support to the Syrian Pound.

The program Mary Convoy ladies' tour will include a visit to Syria's Grand Mufti at the Umayyad Mosque and meetings with Syrian ladies at Mary Tent. The Lebanese ladies will also do shopping at al-Hamidieh Souq in the Syrian Pound in a sign of their support to the Syrian economy.

There will be a gathering at the National Museum in Damascus where a letter of support from the Lebanese lady to the Syrian lady will be read. After that, the ladies will pay a visit to the Lady of Sednaya Church.

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