Syrian National Council leader George Sabra told reporters Wednesday that if the opposition were to oust President Bashar al-Assad, it would need $60 billion to rebuild hollowed out cities like Aleppo and Hama. "We will raise the funds through aid and loans," Sabra said. "We depend on the friends of Syria and the international community, which has an obligation toward Syria." The United Arab Emirates is willing to help Syrian rebels rebuild once the fighting ends. In addition to lost lives and destroyed towns, the country has suffered tremendously since fighting began nearly two years ago: Oil exports, which in 2010 accounted for a quarter of Syrian government revenue, have almost ended, according to an Oct. 26 report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, and gross domestic product is set to contract by 10.2 percent this year.
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