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On the shattered streets of Aleppo, survivors recall a life before bombs

Showered by shells and rockets, those holed up in rebel areas cling to memories of the anti-Assad uprising There were dozens of small but fierce fires blazing in the pre-dawn gloom of Freedom Square when Mohammed Helwani arrived, summoned by walkie-talkie to the site of Aleppo’s latest bombing. It looked like a white phosphorous attack, he thought, as he prepared to join a handful of people racing to put out the flames with soil and dust gathered from the surrounding streets.
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