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Video: A rare look inside the old town of Syria’s Aleppo

© Karam Al-Masri, AFP | A child crosses the street in the northern Sryian city of Aleppo on March 14, 2015

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-25

For the first time since the start of Syria’s conflict nearly five years ago, government forces have allowed a team of Western journalists to film inside the old town of the northern city of Aleppo, much of which has been reduced to ruins.

Scores of residents have been killed and thousands of others have fled their homes since fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces spread to Aleppo in July 2012.

Government troops now control nearly half of Aleppo’s old town, which includes a 13th century citadel overlooking the rest of the city.

But video shot by journalists from France 2 television has revealed that much of the site, which was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 1986, has been destroyed in the violence.

At least 23 people were killed in Aleppo on Monday after a suicide bomber driving a fuel tank truck blew himself up at a checkpoint run by the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, according to the Britain-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Date created : 2016-01-25

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