A child plays with a cat in the northwestern Syrian border town of al-Bab on February 25, 2017 after Turkish-backed rebels announced the recapture of the town from the Islamic State (IS) group earlier in the week. / AFP / Nazeer al-Khatib
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In the days before Daesh (ISIS) Syrian bastion Al-Bab fell, Umm Abdo's family sheltered underground both from the bombing and from militants themselves looking for somewhere to hide. In a narrow rubbish-strewn street lined with broken and blackened stalls, the 30-year-old mother of four told of their suffering in the days before the northern town fell Thursday to Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies.Along with hundreds of other families, Umm Abdo's wanted several times to get out of the town.According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over the past few days 14 people including civilians have been killed by such devices.The family moved from house to house several times.
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