Syrian children play in a bomb crater flooded with water from a broken main in the northern city of Aleppo, on July 10, 2014.AFP PHOTO/AMC/FADI AL-HALABI
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In Aleppo, craters blasted by regime air raids on opposition-held areas have been transformed into improvised swimming pools for children to cool off in raging summer temperatures.Despite the visible presence of water in the street, the battered city suffers from endemic water and electricity shortages after being ravaged by two years of war.The water is not at all clean, but teenager Mustafa says he is very happy to be able to swim in it.There have also been severe water shortages in the regime-held parts of Aleppo, however.Since a major rebel onslaught in July 2012, Aleppo has been divided into rebel-controlled and regime-held areas.
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