Over the past year, Azerbaijan’s Shusha has miraculously changed, the city is being restored and continues to be built and reborn from ruins after almost 30 years of occupation, Israeli journalist Rachel Avraham wrote in her articles in the Jewish Press and Foreign Policy Blogs, sharing her impressions after a recent visit to the city of Shusha, Report informs.

She noted that this is her second trip to Shusha: “After visiting the area last summer together with Ayoob Kara, who served as Israel’s Communication, Cyber and Satellite Minister under Netanyahu, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much the area has improved over the past year.

For starters, there are now proper roads where one can travel from Baku to Shusha. These roads did not exist last summer. When I visited the area last summer, we had to travel on landmine-infested dirt roads, with multiple potholes in them. As a result, we had to zigzag as we drove and we saw many cars that broke down along the way due to these conditions. We ourselves got into a bus accident and were stranded for several hours in a landmine-infested area, till we were rescued by the Azerbaijani government and military.”

“But now, thanks to the better roads, what was an eight-hour journey became a five-to-six-hour journey from Baku to Shusha. On top of that, the area along the way has significantly improved. For starters, the Azerbaijanis have rebuilt the city of Fizouli, which was nothing but a ghost town last year.”

“Furthermore, the nature is beginning to recover from the fact that the area was left on fire, with uprooted trees, destroyed homes and burnt agricultural fields. Now, one can see greenery and flowers along the road to Shusha, even though one can see that many homes still remain in ruins,” she wrote.

“Upon entering the city, we were surprised to discover that we would be staying in the five-star Karabakh Hotel, which had a lovely gift shop that sold souvenirs connected with the historic city of Shusha, instead of a run-down leftover Armenian hotel, which lacked electricity in our rooms,” the author wrote.