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Elegant Damascus, besieged by both sides

A man walks at the damaged Harasta area that was caused by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad, in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah

A man walks at the damaged Harasta area that was caused by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad, in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah

A man walks at the damaged Harasta area that was caused by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad, in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah
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Three men remove debris from a building damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah

Three men remove debris from a building damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah

Three men remove debris from a building damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah
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A man inspects a house that was damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah

A man inspects a house that was damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah

A man inspects a house that was damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah
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A man inspects a house that was damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah

A man inspects a house that was damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah

A man inspects a house that was damaged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad at the Harasta area in Damascus February 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah
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