During the fight for Deir al-Zor, Abu Mahmud, 90, was trapped indoors with his family for months.
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Syrians in Deir al-Zor rediscover sunlightAfter months trapped indoors by fighting in his native Deir al-Zor, 90-year-old Abu Mahmoud saw the sun for the first time Monday from a stretcher carried by Syrian rescue workers. Much of Deir al-Zor has been ravaged in a monthslong assault by Syria's army, which announced Friday it had fully recaptured the eastern city from Daesh.A source in the Red Crescent's Deir al-Zor branch told a reporter contributing to AFP that they had rescued an estimated 150 trapped civilians since Friday.The relief workers often received tips from Syrian soldiers who had come across residents as they searched buildings across the city for Daesh fighters.After one such tip, Red Crescent workers clambered over debris to the three-story building where Abu Mahmoud and his family remained.
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