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Photos: Syria before civil war broke out

Art store in Damascus
Tourists shop for paintings at an art store in Damascus, the Syrian capital.
(AFP/Getty Images)

As recently as 2010, Syria’s Roman ruins, Crusader castles, Ottoman souks and sandy beaches appeared in travel magazines and were a huge tourist draw. The images emerging now could not be more different: rubble-strewn streets and rows of bodies wrapped in sheets. Here is a reminder of what life was like in Syria before civil war erupted.


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