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This Is What Five Years Of War Has Done To Syria

Five years since the start of Syria's civil war, much of the country has been devastated. Satellite imagery supplied by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) shows the extent of that destruction and how Syria's urban landscape has dramatically changed in just a few years.


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Old Town, Aleppo 2010-2014 Much of the historic Old Town in Syria largest city Aleppo has been destroyed, including the Great Umayyad Mosque (pictured in the lower right).

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Old Town, Aleppo
2010-2014

Much of the historic Old Town in Syria largest city Aleppo has been destroyed, including the Great Umayyad Mosque (pictured in the lower right).

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Almuallq Bridge, Deir Ez-Zor 2013-2014 The suspension bridge, which was built in the 1920s and spanned the Euphrates River, was destroyed in the fighting.

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Almuallq Bridge, Deir Ez-Zor
2013-2014

The suspension bridge, which was built in the 1920s and spanned the Euphrates River, was destroyed in the fighting.

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Al-Arbaeen, Hama 2010-2012 The western city of Hama has been the site of fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels. The extent of the destruction can be seen most dramatically in the levelling of the Al-Arbaeen district.

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Al-Arbaeen, Hama
2010-2012

The western city of Hama has been the site of fierce fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels. The extent of the destruction can be seen most dramatically in the levelling of the Al-Arbaeen district.

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Uwais Al-Qarni mosque, Raqqa 2011-2014 The mosque was destroyed by Islamic State militants in 2014.

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Uwais Al-Qarni mosque, Raqqa
2011-2014

The mosque was destroyed by Islamic State militants in 2014.

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Souk Al-Hal market, Kobane 2014-2015 In the northern Syrian city of Kobane, the Souk Al-Hal market, which is just 400 meters from the Turkish border, has been almost completely flattened.  

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Souk Al-Hal market, Kobane
2014-2015

In the northern Syrian city of Kobane, the Souk Al-Hal market, which is just 400 meters from the Turkish border, has been almost completely flattened.

 

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Al-Hamidiyah neighborhood, Homs 2010-2014 The area around the Khalid ibn Al-Walid mosque (pictured top right) has been the target of numerous attacks since the Syrian conflict began.  

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Al-Hamidiyah neighborhood, Homs
2010-2014

The area around the Khalid ibn Al-Walid mosque (pictured top right) has been the target of numerous attacks since the Syrian conflict began.

 

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Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan 2012-2013 The human cost of the Syrian civil war eclipses everything else. More than 270,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict started in March 2011. Many of those that fled ended up in the Zaatari refugee camp in  northern Jordan. With more than 80,000 refugees, it is now the second-largest refugee camp in the world and the fourth-largest settlement in Jordan. 

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Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan
2012-2013
The human cost of the Syrian civil war eclipses everything else. More than 270,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict started in March 2011. Many of those that fled ended up in the Zaatari refugee camp in  northern Jordan. With more than 80,000 refugees, it is now the second-largest refugee camp in the world and the fourth-largest settlement in Jordan. 

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