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Syria's famous damask rose withered by war

War prevented access to the rose fields for a time and forced the cancellation of the annual rose festival, depriving El-Mrah of its main source of income.


ITS fame is such that the damask rose features in Shakespeare, but for Syrian farmers growing the flower that produces the heady-scented oil used to flavour Turkish delight, tragedy may await.

One of the oldest flowers in history, a staple of perfumers and known for its

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