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Aleppo : A symbol of death and destruction

It was a major trading hub during the Ottoman Empire, its architecture impressive and its culture vibrant and diverse. The old city, with its medieval mansions, alleyways and souqs, was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. But the "Battle of Aleppo" that began in July 2012 between Syrian government forces and rebel factions and the ongoing conflict have devastated the once beautiful city. For the people of Aleppo who continue to live in the city's opposition-held areas, attacks and bombardment are a daily reality.

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