For centuries, Aleppo was the Syrian region's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third-largest, after Constantinople and Cairo
Tens of thousands are reported to have died since fighting began in 2012, and more thousands are thought to have been displaced from Syria's biggest city.
Once a popular tourist destination, and famed for its spectacular white marble, Aleppo now lies in ruins.
The following is just a glimpse of the destruction, some of which can never be restored.
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