Thousands Return to Ruins of Aleppo

Members of the Syrian Red Crescent escort Syrians and aid supplies from a rebel-controlled area to a regime held area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 10, 2015 through the Garage al-Hajz crossing in the Bustan al-Qasr district. / AFP / KARAM AL-MASRI (Photo credit should read …
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Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction “beyond imagination”, a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city.

In the last couple of days around 2,200 families have returned to the Hanano housing district, said Sajjad Malik, country representative in Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

“People are coming out to east Aleppo to see their shops, their houses, to see if the building is standing and the house is not that looted … to see, should they come back,” he said in an interview.

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