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Aleppo's streets empty as residents brace for siege

Rebel fighters and civilians in rebel-held east Aleppo have launched a collective initiative to combat an expected siege by government forces.
Free Syrian Army fighters sit in a shelter in Aleppo's Sheikh Najjar July 8, 2014. Picture taken July 8, 2014. 
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ALEPPO, Syria — A little before dark, large numbers of people line up in an orderly fashion near a charity that has announced it will be distributing daily meals to poor families during Ramadan.

These days, one doesn't see the throngs of people in the streets typical of Ramadan. Many of the inhabitants have fled, some killed and others wounded by the barrel bombs the Syrian regime drops daily. There are a few nearly empty shops selling cleaning supplies, fuel, tobacco and children’s games and a few vegetable and bread carts.

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