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The bodies of three-year-old Malak Kasas and two neighbors still lie under a pile of rubble in Aleppo's Kalasa district more than two years after the Syrian government recaptured the area.The state's failure to pull bodies from the rubble of east Aleppo points to the grim prospects for an area that, like many others in Syria, was held by rebel forces for much of the country's eight-year-old conflict.Work to renovate war-damaged buildings is almost entirely done and paid for by local people, residents say.Some damaged buildings in Kalasa have recently collapsed, falling debris killed a man last year and the many large heaps of rubble in areas where children play in the street are covered in stinking rubbish, dead rats and swarming flies.Kalasa's situation is not unusual for east Aleppo – other districts toured by Reuters showed equally bad or worse conditions. A government official accompanied Reuters at all times in Kalasa. Local people criticized the rebels that held the area from 2012 until 2016 but not Assad or his government.People dug out the bodies of Iman, Ayah and Mayas, and nine dead neighbours, but could not reach Malak or two other women.
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