Boys run near a damaged site in the old city of Aleppo, Syria July 16, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Aleppo's Old City, shelled, burned and shot up during years of fighting in Syria's civil war, can be rebuilt, the local representative of the United Nations cultural body UNESCO said.Reviving the Old City is important for Syrian President Bashar Assad both as a symbol of the returning power of his state, but also because of Aleppo's economic importance.It needs local government to ensure work fits the character of the Old City, both architecturally and in how land is divided between shops, houses and public spaces.It also needs the skills of Aleppo craftsmen, many of whom left the city during the war, some killed, others departing with the rebels or starting new lives as refugees abroad.One of the craftsmen who might help set up that school is Mustafa al-Now, a worker in the ornate, painted wood panels, windows, doors and ceilings that adorn the old houses. Since the rebels took control of his district in the Old City, his workshop has been located in a west Aleppo park. A few kilometers to the east, in the Hamidieh quarter of the Old City, Now's old house and former workshop are strewn with rubble instead of the antiques that used to fill the shaded courtyard.
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