The Veils of Aleppo

Franco Pagetti / VII

Curtains shelter buildings from snipers

They are a familiar sight to anyone who has been on the front lines in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo: striped sheets — formerly store awnings or curtains and drapes — that once blocked the harsh sunlight or a neighbor's prying eyes now shield against much more lethal threats.

The sheets are strung up between buildings, what's left of them, and across streets. They are meant to obscure a sharpshooter's line of sight, providing a small measure of protection from an assassin lurking in the shadows of these often abandoned and devastated...

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