Syrian Khayro Moselmani sits on the roof of his destroyed house in the former rebel-held Kalasse neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 16, 2017. / AFP / George OURFALIAN
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The streets of Kallaseh, a neighborhood of Aleppo formerly held by rebels, are jammed with traffic again and its pavements are packed with people and overflowing market stalls.But the rows of flattened buildings flanking them are a constant reminder of the devastating battle that had reduced a city that was one of the jewels of the Middle East to ruins by the time Syrian government forces retook it a year ago Friday.Dec. 22, 2016, was a turning point in the Syrian conflict: after four years of relentless fighting that gutted the city and killed thousands of civilians, government forces retook control.Moselmani fled Aleppo in the summer of 2012 as rebels took over the city's east, and moved to Tartous, a coastal town in the heartland of the Alawite community to which Assad belongs.Unofficial estimates say around 500,000 people, about half of east Aleppo's population, have returned.West Aleppo was also damaged but not nearly as much as the city's east, where many residents who lived under the rebels are too scared to come back.
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