The battle of Aleppo is slowly drawing to a close after almost four and a half years of brutal fighting. A ceasefire agreement was recently reached allowing people to leave besieged areas of the city and travel to rebel-held areas in Idlib province, and pro-government forces, who have taken nearly all rebel-held districts in the city, are in the process of evacuating civilians and rebel fighters.


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Over 30,000 people are reported to have died since fighting began in 2012, and another 20,000 are thought to have been displaced from Syria's biggest city. Once a popular tourist destination, and famed for its spectacular white marble, Aleppo now lies in ruins. Much of the city's ancient heritage has been damaged, including the Great Mosque, which was built in the 8th century, and the citadel of Aleppo, considered to be one of the largest and oldest castles in the world. The battle might be coming to an end, but some of the damage will never be mended. Take a look at some of these heartbreaking before and after pictures to see the scale of devastation for yourself.

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Terri Owens 3 months ago

The photography is spectacular but this whole situation makes me sad. What a complete lack of humanity.

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Ilyushka 3 months ago

This is heartbreaking for me... :'(

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sofia suarez 3 months ago

yoshina tanaka you are a ruthless, mean, and a disgrase to this site your family and humans. you are just disgusting have a little respect there are hundreds of pople trap there dying there sending there children of only 2 y/o alone in a boat the boat that is used for five people well in thosse boats there are aproximily 158 people in a sinking boat that they payd their life house all their money to go away from that situations waiting to be found by people with little mercy and love to help them like M.O.A.S. bet you never heard of that couse you are an ignorant assshole that knows shit about any thing happening in in a countrie thats not yours. so let me tell you one more thing FUCK YOU

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David Vavilovas 3 months ago

Can't even tell this is the same place anymore...

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Marcela 3 months ago

It looks like bombed Dresden, WW II, when thousands of people were captivated in the catacombs under the city, suffocated by gas bombs. Awfully sad.

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MadameButterfly 3 months ago

I miss every part of you my beautiful Aleppo.

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Juana 3 months ago

That church has made it through pretty well actually. Knock on wood.

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Ronja Rövardotter 3 months ago

Sad and scary pictures :( so much beauty destroyed by the hand of human. I feel so much hatred and suffering from them. I can't imagine how hard to watch this must be for the survivors. All you have known is gone. I really really hope things are going to be better soon for Syria. Your beautiful country has suffered enough. Our country once sufferd too, the generation of my grandparents. After the revolution our president Václav Havel said: "Love always wins over lie and hatred." Dear Syrians I send you lots and lots of love from the Czech Republic and I hope you will win your freedom soon.

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Ruth Toit 3 months ago

Your young have fled but hopefully when peace begins they will return to their beloved Syria to rebuild better, more beautiful cities!

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