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Fate of iconic Aleppo hotel hangs in balanceFor generations her husband's family managed the iconic Baron Hotel in northern Syria, but after years of war the inn is empty and Rubina Mazloumian says she is too tired to carry on. The Baron Hotel was once the fanciest in Aleppo, Syria's second city, visited by a long list of celebrated names.Carrying a set of keys, Mazloumian strolled through the entrance of the hotel and pointed toward a sweeping staircase.Room 203 is where famous novelist Agatha Christie stayed, she said.Mazloumian said the Baron Hotel is a testament to decades of Syrian history.The hotel was just a few meters from the front line.This time around, recovery is unlikely, said Mazloumian, lamenting the hotel's lost splendor.
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