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Syrian Runners Race Through Bombed-Out Streets of Aleppo

Image: A participant runs past a damaged building as he competes in a running race along a street in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood
A runner passes a damaged building as he competes in a race in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2014. MAHMOUD HEBBO / Reuters

Dozens of Syrians ran through the streets of Aleppo Tuesday as they took part in a race through a rebel-held area of the war-torn city. The winner, Ahmad Sobhe, was given a trophy following the race in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood.

Syria's largest city has been devastated by two and a half years of fighting. According to Fabrice Balanche, a French university lecturer and specialist on Syria, only around one million residents remain out of Aleppo's pre-war population of 2.5 million.

Image: Participants compete in a running race along a street in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood
Runners compete in a race in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood on Tuesday. MAHMOUD HEBBO / Reuters

— Reuters, Agence France-Presse