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Old Aleppo, frontline ghost town of ruined treasures

Mannequins are set up to confuse snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo December 23, 2012. Picture taken December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Heretani

Mannequins are set up to confuse snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo December 23, 2012. Picture taken December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Heretani

Mannequins are set up to confuse snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo December 23, 2012. Picture taken December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Heretani
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Damaged houses are seen in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Damaged houses are seen in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Damaged houses are seen in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A view shows damages in Bab Antakya in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Bab Antakya is a stone gateway to Aleppo's Old City, which sits on ancient trade routes and survived a parade of rulers throughout its construction between the 12th and 17th century. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A view shows damages in Bab Antakya in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Bab Antakya is a stone gateway to Aleppo's Old City, which sits on ancient trade routes and survived a parade of rulers throughout its construction between the 12th and 17th century....more

A view shows damages in Bab Antakya in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Bab Antakya is a stone gateway to Aleppo's Old City, which sits on ancient trade routes and survived a parade of rulers throughout its construction between the 12th and 17th century. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A Free Syrian Army fighter jokes with a child in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A Free Syrian Army fighter jokes with a child in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence...more

A Free Syrian Army fighter jokes with a child in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest in the old city of Aleppo December 25, 2012. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Free Syrian Army fighters rest in the old city of Aleppo December 25, 2012. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Free Syrian Army fighters rest in the old city of Aleppo December 25, 2012. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A Free Syrian Army fighter walks inside the market of the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks inside the market of the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the...more

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks inside the market of the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A child stands beside a Free Syrian Army fighter as he makes tea in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A child stands beside a Free Syrian Army fighter as he makes tea in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to...more

A child stands beside a Free Syrian Army fighter as he makes tea in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A view shows damaged shops in Al Khandaq street in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A view shows damaged shops in Al Khandaq street in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting....more

A view shows damaged shops in Al Khandaq street in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A damaged garbage truck blocks a street in Bab al-Naser district in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A damaged garbage truck blocks a street in Bab al-Naser district in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk...more

A damaged garbage truck blocks a street in Bab al-Naser district in Old Aleppo October 2, 2012. Aleppo's Old City is one of several locations in Syria declared world heritage sites by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, that are now at risk from the fighting. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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Damaged minarets of Al Mihmander Mosque, which the Free Syrian Army said were shelled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad, is seen in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Damaged minarets of Al Mihmander Mosque, which the Free Syrian Army said were shelled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad, is seen in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a...more

Damaged minarets of Al Mihmander Mosque, which the Free Syrian Army said were shelled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad, is seen in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012. Lakhdar Brahimi, the international envoy seeking a solution to Syria's 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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