The transition to the new year is a moment for reflection as well as celebration in the Syrian city of Aleppo where scores of lives have been lost in the country's long-running civil war.
In one part of the city. activists spelled out of the digits '2015' with candles, illuminating photographs of some of the many war casualties.
Elsewhere, an anti-government solider daubed the words 'happy new year' onto a wall underneath what could be a vase of flowers or a falling bomb.
What shopkeepers are left were preparing for celebrations to welcome in the new year.
The battle-scarred streets of Aleppo were the extraordinary backdrop to a running race in Syria yesterday.
Several runners took part in the race across the rebel-held parts of the war-torn Syrian city.
Aleppo is Syria's largest city and has been ravaged by over two years of fighting during the bloody civil war.
The race took place on 2nd December and the winner, Ahmad Sobhe, was presented with a trophy when he crossed the finished line.
An ambulance driver has taken it upon himself to feed scores of cats abandoned by their owners in a war-torn part of Syria.
Alaa spends around £2.50 on meat each day to feed a small army of hungry strays - an act of kindness he has kept up for the past two months.
Many of the cats in the district of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo face the risk of starvation after residents fled heavy shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Alaa believes around 150 cats rely on his daily rounds.
Newborns freezing to death in hospital incubators, patients opting to be knocked out with metal bars for lack of anesthesia, surging cases of polio.
A new report published by charity Save the Children paints a dire picture of Syria's collapsing healthcare system.
The report, issued by charity Save the Children, said some 60 percent of Syria's hospitals have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the three-year-old conflict and nearly half of its doctors have fled the country.
In Aleppo, one of the worst-hit cities, only 36 of its 2,500 doctors remain.
The report says increasing numbers of children are suffering and dying from diseases that would have been previously treated or prevented.
Up to 80,000 children across the Syria have contracted polio, even though the illness was eradicated across Syria in 1995.
Over 140,000 people have died in the war, which started as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad and degenerated into civil conflict.
A British citizen is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria by driving a vehicle packed with explosives into Aleppo Central Prison, in an attack that is said to have freed 300 prisoners held by Syrian forces.
The man known as Abu Suleiman al-Britani, of Pakistani origin, would be the first Briton to carry out a suicide attack in Syria and he would be the eighth British citizen to die fighting since Syria's civil war began three years ago.
Aleppo Central Prison, which has been under siege by rebel groups for months, is believed to house around 4,000 prisoners.
A British man has died after carrying out a suicide bombing at a prison near the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, according to reports.
Sulayman al Britani, a Briton of Pakistani descent, is reported to have driven a truck bearing explosives into the entrance of the prison, allowing armed militants to enter.
Local TV channels broadcast images of what is claimed to be the heavily-armoured truck driven in the attack, which led to the hundreds of prisoners being freed.
Al Britani was allegedly a member of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.
A Foreign Office spokesperson has told ITV News it is aware of the reports.
Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of the conflict.
Most of the victims killed since Friday have been civilians from the city's eastern districts, including women and children, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a broad network of sources across Syria.
The use of barrel bombs - oil drums or cylinders packed with explosives and metal fragments - has drawn international condemnation, including from Syria's opposition delegation and their Western backers at recent peace talks in Switzerland.
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