Syria’s Ministry of Culture announced on Wednesday the winners of the 2016 State Appreciation Award for distinguished artists and writers.
Actress Salma al-Masri was awarded the arts prize while writer Nadia Khost took the literature category award. Fellow writer Mohammad Hassan Qeja was awarded the prize in the criticism and translation category.
Winners were awarded a grand prize of one million Syrian pounds ($4,500) for their accomplishments.
Speaking afterwards, Masri said she was proud to receive this award and that such honors motivate people to further their creativity and productivity.
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