Hassan Ahmed al-Aoul, 75, a retired stone cutter, stands on the balcony of his house with his wife Aisha, 60, and their grandchildren in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, Syria April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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When Hassan Ahmed al-Aoul looks from his balcony in the historic Syrian city of Aleppo, little meets his gaze but ruins great mounds of rubble where his neighbors' houses used to stand near an old front line.On the main street nearby, a building collapsed in February, killing 11 people.Aoul, a retired stone cutter, said he is not worried about his house falling down. We can barely manage our daily expenses," Karim said.Rubble covers three sides of the crossroads where his house stood, with bits of buildings sill protruding from them and, in one place, an olive tree. Hussein, 41, minds the grocery shop, selling tins and packets of food, eggs and sweets.His parents Ali and Fatmeh live on the second story in a few dark rooms. The Aoul and Karim houses were on the rebel side, bombarded with the army's much heavier weaponry, including from the air.The Burr house was on the government side, so was less badly damaged, though they had to repair several walls.
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