Syrian Independence Day

Syrian Independence Day

Yousef Al-Azmeh (1883 – July 24, 1920) had the charge of Syrian Minister of war when he led a desperate and very unequal battle to defend Damascus against the French army of General Gouraud on July 24, 1920. Al-Azmeh, who was killed in the fighting, is considered today a marthyr of independence and a national hero.

Photos by Ibrahim Malla