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Friday, April 17, 2020

Syria gained independence from France on April 17, 1946. Every year, the people of Syria marks this day as a celebration for the anniversary of their independence from foreign rule.

Syria was under the control of the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) before World War I. After the fall of the empire, France tagged Syria under its sphere of influence through the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916. 

The fall of France in the Second World War was marked with a change in control in Syria from France to the latter’s Vichy government, ruling from July 1940 to August 1944. The next phase of France reoccupation of the country happened on July 1941. However, Syria pronounced itself as a free state on the same year.

France conferred independence to Syria three years later but it wasn’t until April 1946 when France fully evacuated its military forces from the country finally giving it the independence the people have been wanting for the long time.