President of the National Bloc Hashem al-Atasi returning to Syria after signing the Franco-Syrian Treaty in Paris - Aleppo 1936

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Standing behind the Syrian leader is Saadallah al-Jabiri. Decorating the train station are Syrian flags and members of the Steel Shirts, a para-military organization run by the Bloc leader Fakhri al-Barudi. Their job was to protect the people in absence of an official Syrian Army. Atasi greets them with the Nazi-like salute of the Steel Shirts, which was eventually copied. then modified, by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.