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A resilient population caught in the crossfire of civil war

An activist takes photos of damaged buildings after what opponents of the regime said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Homs on Oct. 22, 2012.

Muhammad Al-Ibrahim/Shaam News Network/Reuters

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Buildings are damaged in Homs after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Oct. 21, 2012.

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Four months of shelling in Aleppo, Syria, has sowed destruction, fear and despair.

Manu Brabo/The Associated Press

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A Syrian man walks past closed shops in Aleppo on Oct. 21. Each side of the conflict holds about half the city.

Manu Brabo/The Associated Press

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Syrian men sit in front of a café in Aleppo on Oct. 21. Residents caught in the conflict have shown remarkable resilience.

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A Syrian youth stands inside his bakery shop in Aleppo on Sunday. Hundreds of civilians have been randomly killed by shells or mortars while waiting in bread lines, shopping for food or in their homes.

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A vegetable vendor waits for customers on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria’s once-vibrant capital of commerce.

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A street is filled with debris on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria on Sunday.

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A Syrian man loads his truck with his belongings before fleeing Aleppo, Syria on Sunday.

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