Middle East

In pictures: East Aleppo's shattered streets

It was once Syria's largest city, but four years at the heart of the country's civil war has left much of Aleppo in ruins. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has been walking through the largely deserted streets of the former rebel-held east.

Barricade on abandoned street in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption A barricade in one of the abandoned, shattered districts of what used to be the rebel-held eastern side of Aleppo
Children walk past war-damaged buildings in Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption Teenage lords of the ruins. The war has taken education, entire childhoods, as well as lives and limbs
Vegetable stall in East Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption In a badly damaged part of Aleppo, a fabulous display of vegetables
Boy eats a cucumber as he sits next to a fire in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption Eating a super fresh cucumber and keeping warm. During the siege of East Aleppo, farmers could not bring in produce
People collect water from a tank in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption This is the only way to get water for most in East Aleppo. Some 40,000 people have already moved back into the ruins
Boy collects water for his family in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption He was collecting water for his family in East Aleppo. Look closely around his right eye. There is shrapnel under his skin
Children pose for a photo in Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption Children suffer a lot in wars, but they also adapt fast. These were chanting "Halab" (Aleppo)
Cupcakes on sale in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption In the middle of the rubble in the Old City, a baker decided that what the people really needed was cupcakes
Child carries a bag in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption Many children in Syria do not go to school. In East Aleppo, they have to be full partners in the struggle to survive
Empty street in eastern Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption The empty, ruined streets of East Aleppo feel oppressive. It is as if the violence and death that happened haunt the place
Sandbag wall in Old City of Aleppo Image copyright Jeremy Bowen
Image caption A view inside the Old City of Aleppo, on the rebel side of what was the front line

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