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A Syrian woman shows a ballot paper bearing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR): Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and President Bashar al-Assad on June 3, 2014 during the presidential election at a polling station in central Damascus. Voting offices opened in Syrian regime-held areas for a presidential election that al-Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a "farce" by the opposition.

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A Syrian woman holds a ballot paper showing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR): Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday during the presidential election at a polling station in central Damascus

A man holds a boy who survived what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo June 2, 2014.

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A man holds a boy who survived what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo

A Syrian living in Jordan takes part in a protest against the Syrian presidential elections, near the Syrian embassy in Amman on May 28, 2014. Polls open in Syrian embassies for refugees who fled their homeland through recognised checkpoints, in a controversial election expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office despite three years of civil war.

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A Syrian living in Jordan takes part in a protest against the Syrian presidential elections, near the Syrian embassy in Amman on Wednesday

Khaled al-Hariri A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus...A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus May 16, 2014. Syria is holding a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Opponents have dismissed the vote as a farce.   REUTERS/(SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus Read more

A Syrian woman comforts her children after their house in the Sahour nieghbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed on May 14, 2014. Once home to some 2.5 million residents and considered Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been divided between government and opposition control since shortly after fighting there began in mid-2012.

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A Syrian woman comforts her children after their house in the Sahour nieghbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed on Wednesday. Once home to some 2.5 million residents and considered Syria’s economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been divided between government and opposition control since shortly after fighting there began in 2012.

A Syrian woman carries bags in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs, some 162 kilometres north of the capital Damascus. Syrians have been streaming back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs since May 10, 2014, picking through the remains of their homes and trying to come to terms with the destruction.

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A woman carries bags in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs, some 162km north of the capital Damascus. Syrians have been streaming back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs since opposition forces pulled out

Children carry buckets of water in a rebel-held area in Aleppo

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Children carry buckets of water in a rebel-held area in Aleppo on Monday

Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in the Kurdish town of al-Qahtaniya of al-Hasakah Governorate. Many civilians in the village, who lost their jobs due to the Syrian conflict, are making a living by refining crude oil to extract useful fuel such as gasoline and kerosene for sale.

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Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in the Kurdish town of al-Qahtaniya of al-Hasakah Governorate. Many civilians in the village, who lost their jobs due to the Syrian conflict, are making a living by refining crude oil to extract useful fuel such as gasoline and kerosene.

A Syrian woman and two children walk past heavily damaged buildings on May 7, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. The evacuation of rebel-held parts of Homs city began today under an unprecedented deal which hands back control to the government less than a month before Syria's presidential election.

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A Syrian woman and two children walk past heavily damaged buildings on Wednesday in the northern city of Aleppo

TOPSHOTS A man is comforted by a rescue ...TOPSHOTS A man is comforted by a rescue worker and others following a reported air strike by government forces in which a fellow rescue worker was killed on March 8, 2014 in the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's 40-year rule. AFP PHOTO / AMC / FADI AL-HALABIFadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images

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A man is comforted by a rescue worker and others following a reported air strike by government forces in which a fellow rescue worker was killed on Tuesday in the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a March 2011 uprising against the Assad family’s 40-year rule Read more