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Aleppo Has Little Food or Water, but for a Night, Music

In much of eastern Aleppo, fresh water is still scarce, and containers must be filled by hand from tanks supplied by aid agencies, according to a recent report from Reuters. Civilians rely on humanitarian groups for food and medicine, and thousands are still displaced from their homes.

The conflict in Syria, now in its seventh year, has devastated the country’s population. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, more than five million have fled and 6.3 million are internally displaced, according to the United Nations.

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Surrounded by destruction, a man sits outside his newly reopened shop where he sells tablecloths in the old city of Aleppo on Saturday. Credit George Ourfalian/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

An initial assessment conducted by Unesco observers earlier this year determined that 60 percent of the old city of Aleppo had been severely damaged and 30 percent had been destroyed.

The observers declared the area an “emergency zone” because there was extensive damage at the Great Umayyad Mosque, the citadel and many other mosques, churches, souks, madrasas, museums and other significant historic buildings.

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