Syrian Civilians Begin Returning to Aleppo Neighborhoods

A Syrian man walks through the former rebel-held Salaheddin district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Dec. 23, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: VOA)
A Syrian man walks through the former rebel-held Salaheddin district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Dec. 23, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: VOA)

Hundreds of Syrians returned to Aleppo on Friday to check on their homes after the last rebels left the city Thursday.

Residents wrapped in heavy coats crossed into neighborhoods that had recently been dangerous front lines during the battle for Aleppo, sorting through the wreckage for personal belongings. Some of them had not been able to reach their homes for five years.

While much of the city was free from fighting, sporadic violence continued in some parts. State television reported that rebels outside Aleppo shelled a neighborhood inside the city Friday, killing three people.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.