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In pictures: East Aleppo’s shattered streets-NewsCO

January 29, 2017

It was once Syria’s largest city, but four years at the heart of the country’s civil war has left much of Aleppo in ruins. The BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has been walking through the largely deserted streets of the former rebel-held east.

Barricade on abandoned street in eastern AleppoImage copyright
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A barricade in one of the abandoned, shattered districts of what used to be the rebel-held eastern side of Aleppo

Children walk past war-damaged buildings in AleppoImage copyright
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Teenage lords of the ruins. The war has taken education, entire childhoods, as well as lives and limbs

Vegetable stall in East AleppoImage copyright
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In a badly damaged part of Aleppo, a fabulous display of vegetables

Boy eats a cucumber as he sits next to a fire in eastern AleppoImage copyright
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Eating a super fresh cucumber and keeping warm. During the siege of East Aleppo, farmers could not bring in produce

People collect water from a tank in eastern AleppoImage copyright
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This is the only way to get water for most in East Aleppo. Some 40,000 people have already moved back into the ruins

Boy collects water for his family in eastern AleppoImage copyright
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He was collecting water for his family in East Aleppo. Look closely around his right eye. There is shrapnel under his skin

Children pose for a photo in AleppoImage copyright
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Children suffer a lot in wars, but they also adapt fast. These were chanting “Halab” (Aleppo)

Cupcakes on sale in eastern AleppoImage copyright
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In the middle of the rubble in the Old City, a baker decided that what the people really needed was cupcakes

Child carries a bag in eastern AleppoImage copyright
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Many children in Syria do not go to school. In East Aleppo, they have to be full partners in the struggle to survive

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The empty, ruined streets of East Aleppo feel oppressive. It is as if the violence and death that happened haunt the place

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A view inside the Old City of Aleppo, on the rebel side of what was the front line

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