Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

The indiscriminate bombing of Syria's second city Aleppo has scarred it beyond recognition

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Even before the war though, Aleppo was struggling with overpopulation. In photo: Tilel street

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

The Syrian civil war has now been raging for five years

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Aleppo was a Unesco world heritage site. In photo: Khusruwiyah mosque

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Taxis ply in an Old Aleppo marketplace

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

The Grand Serail, the official seat of government till 1993

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

The Carlton Citadel hotel and what used to be Aleppo in the background

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Aleppo's Umayyad or Grand mosque. It was first built in the 8th century, then rebuilt in the 11th

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

In an especially cynical move, dubbed 'kneel or die', Syrian government forces bombed hospitals

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Rebel-held eastern Aleppo finally fell on Tuesday, December 13

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Usage of the hill Aleppo's Grand Citadel stands on dates back to the 3rd century BC

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

The Grand Mosque as it stands today

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Syrian government forces, helped by the Russians, have bombed everything in sight. Even the Grand mosque (in photo) was not spared

Syria's Aleppo: Before and after

Under a deal 'sponsored' by Russia and Turkey, both civilians and rebels have been allowed to leave Aleppo for opposition-held territory to the west of the city