Dozens of residents have filtered in to inspect their properties, climbing over debris to reach hollowed-out, punctured buildings littered with unexploded ordnance.
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ALEPPO, Syria: Aleppo has been scarred beyond recognition: Weeks after fighting stopped, a pall of dust covers its eastern districts, where streets are lined for blocks with buildings smashed to metal and brick rubble in scenes reminiscent of cities devastated in World War II. The destruction is the worst wreaked on any city in Syria's war. No one has any quick answers on how to rebuild Aleppo, Syria's largest city, much less the rest of a country that has seen appalling desolation.Costs for reconstruction in Aleppo, once Syria's economic hub, could run in the tens of billions of dollars, far beyond the country's capabilities. Russia's warplanes helped Assad's forces recapture east Aleppo, the government's greatest victory of the war, and now Russia along with opposition-backer Turkey is pushing to jump-start negotiations.Dardari estimated war damages across Syria so far at $350 billion, including physical damage amid loss of economic activity.Eastern Aleppo, home to nearly 1.5 million before the war, now lies largely empty.The most pressing challenge is to bring home the people of Aleppo and other cities, said AlHakam Shaar, a 30-year-old Aleppan who fled soon after the war began to avoid the draft and now lives in Budapest.It has begun restoration work in Jarablus, a town captured in the campaign its military has waged alongside Syrian fighters against Daesh (ISIS) and the Kurds in northern Syria.
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