A view of a cemetery in al-Kalasa district of Aleppo July 14, 2017. REUTERS/ Omar Sanadiki
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In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full, people are short of electricity and bread, and some children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war. Seven months after the army drove rebels from their stronghold in the Syrian city, the state looks paper thin there, with most services seen by Reuters provided by residents or with help from international aid agencies or local charities. Aleppo was Syria's most populous city and industrial engine before the war and its recapture delivered President Bashar Assad his biggest in a string of battlefield victories. The U.N. says about 200,000 people have returned to east Aleppo after it emptied during the fighting, mostly from temporary accommodation in areas held by the government.Less than a quarter of east Aleppo's 200 schools are working, said Abdel-Ghani al-Qasab, the assistant governor, adding that the government is working with the United Nations to rehabilitate 100 more.Almost everybody Reuters spoke to there and elsewhere in Aleppo complained about the lack of electricity and water.The city power station was destroyed but pylons are being built to carry electricity to the city. In Kallaseh, most streets were missing at least one house through bombardment with many others uninhabitable.
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