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Palestinian children walk past buildings destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants during the summer of 2014 in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 8, 2016. The World Bank said in a September report that just 10.7 percent of the 11,000 houses that were totally destroyed in 2014 had so far been rebuilt and about 50 percent of partially and severely damaged houses are still awaiting repair.

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Palestinian children walk past buildings destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants during the summer of 2014 in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty 

Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades gather in position on November 3, 2016, at an entrance to Aleppo, in the southwestern frontline near the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, during a rebel offensive to break a three-month siege of the opposition-held east of Syria's second city.  Syrian rebels launched a new wave of car bombs and rockets on Aleppo's western districts, redoubling their efforts to break the government's three-month siege of the city. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadourOMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades gather in position at an entrance to Aleppo, in the southwestern frontline near the neighbourhood of Dahiyet al-Assad, during a rebel offensive to break a three-month siege of the opposition-held east of Syria’s second city. Photo Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Abu Omar's daughters Ghazal and Deema (R) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on October 30, 2016. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of 2 weeks. The shelter is 4 meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-DoumySAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images

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Abu Omar’s daughters Ghazal and Deema (right) sit in the shelter the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Abu Omar, with the help of his neighbour, was able to dig and prepare an underground shelter consisting of a single room in the space of two weeks. The shelter is four meters below ground and has an air vent for emergencies. Photo Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo as they advance in the ongoing offensive to the seize rebel-held eastern part of the city on October 25, 2016.

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Syrian government forces walk in the strategic area of the Bazo hilltop, north of Khan Tuman on the southern outskirts of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo as they advance in the ongoing offensive to the seize rebel-held eastern part of the city. Photo Georges Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

David Dosha (L), the priest of the Church of Mart Shmony, located in the Christian Iraqi town of Bartella, about 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of Mosul, gestures on October 24, 2016 as people help to recover items from the church's compound after Iraqi forces retook control of the town from jihadists of the Islamic State group. The counter-terrorism service (CTS), Iraq's best-trained and most battle-seasoned force, retook full control of Bartalla on October 20.   / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMEDSAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

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David Dosha the priest of the Church of Mart Shmony, located in the Christian Iraqi town of Bartella, about 15 kilometres east of Mosul, gestures as people help to recover items from the church’s compound after Iraqi forces retook control of the town from jihadists of the Islamic State group. Photo Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty 

 Iraqi families, who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadistds of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen gathering on an area near Qayyarah on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi families, who were displaced by the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadistds of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, are seen gathering on an area near Qayyarah. Photo Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty 

Yemeni artist spraying a graffiti on a wall in protest against the ongoing conflict and the worsening economic situation in the war-affected country, in Sana’a, Yemen, 20 October 2016. According to reports, since March 2015, ongoing conflict and the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen have left 21.2 million - 82 percent of Yemen’s population - in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 9.9 million children.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

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A Yemeni artist sprays graffiti on a wall in protest against the ongoing conflict and the worsening economic situation in the war-affected country, in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Peshmerga forces stand behind rocks at a site of an attack by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk

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Peshmerga forces stand behind rocks at a site of an attack by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk, Iraq. Picture Ako Rasheed/Reuters

Displaced people, who are fleeing from clashes in Al-hud village, south of Mosul, head to Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 18, 2016. Picture taken October 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

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Displaced people, who are fleeing from clashes in Al-hud village, south of Mosul, head to Qayyarah, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. Photo Reuters

A member of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, stands amid the rubble of a destroyed building during a rescue operation following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016.  Dozens of civilians were killed as air strikes hammered rebel-held parts of Aleppo early morning, despite Western warnings of potential sanctions against Syria and Russia over attacks on the city. Both Russian and Syrian warplanes are carrying out air strikes over Aleppo in support of a major offensive by regime forces to capture rebel-held parts of the northern city.  / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRIKARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, stands amid the rubble of a destroyed building during a rescue operation following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. Photo Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty 

raqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists, on October 17, 2016. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced earlier in the day that the long-awaited operation to recapture Mosul was under way.  / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi forces deploy in the area of al-Shourah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced earlier in the day that the long-awaited operation to recapture Mosul was under way. Photo Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty 

Rebel fighters arrive in Idlib following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images

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Rebel fighters arrive in Idlib following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital. Photo AFP/Getty 

Participants celebrate during 'I Love Damascus' marathon at Umayyad Square in Damascus,

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Participants celebrate during an ‘I Love Damascus’ marathon in Damascus, Syria. The capital has avoided the worst of the country’s five-year war in which over 400,000 people have been killed. Photo Omar Sanadiki/Reuters. 

Fighters from predominantly Sunni Arab force take part in a training session before the upcoming battle to recapture Mosul in Bashiqa, October 6, 2016. Picture taken October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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Fighters from predominantly Sunni Arab force take part in a training session before the upcoming battle to recapture Mosul in Bashiqa. Photo Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters 

A member of Syria's pro-government forces guards a look out point as they advance Aleppo's rebel-held Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on October 6, 2016. "Syrian regime forces advanced from the city centre north into (rebel-held) Bustan al-Basha, and seized a large athletic complex there," the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. This was the first time the regime had entered the district since 2013 and there had been fierce clashes, they added.      This was the first time the regime had entered the district since 2013 and there had been fierce clashes, he added.   / AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIANGEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A member of Syria’s pro-government forces guards a look out point as they advance Aleppo’s rebel-held Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood.”Syrian regime forces advanced from the city centre north into (rebel-held) Bustan al-Basha, and seized a large athletic complex there,” the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. This was the first time the regime had entered the district since 2013 and there had been fierce clashes, they added. Photo George Ourfalian/AFP 

A Syrian man reacts as he sits on the rubble of destroyed buildings following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4, 2016. Assad's forces advanced on rebels during intense street fighting in the opposition-held east of Aleppo city, which Russia has been accused of bombing indiscriminately including targeting its hospitals. / AFP PHOTO / THAER MOHAMMEDTHAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian man reacts as he sits on the rubble of destroyed buildings following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo

Children play with water from a burst water pipe at a site hit yesterday by an air strike in Aleppo's rebel-controlled al-Mashad neighbourhood, Syria, September 30, 2016

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Children play with water from a burst water pipe at a site hit yesterday by an air strike in Aleppo’s rebel-controlled al-Mashad neighbourhood, Syria. Photo Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters 

South Korean soldiers wear North Korea's military uniforms and hold North Korea's flags, acting as North Korean soldiers, as they take part in a re-enactment the battle of the Korean war during a commemorative war victory event to mark the 66th anniversary of the the Korean war

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South Korean soldiers wear North Korea’s military uniforms and hold North Korea’s flags, acting as North Korean soldiers, as they take part in a re-enactment the battle of the Korean war during a commemorative war victory event to mark the 66th anniversary of the Korean war

 A Syrian man stands in the rubble of destroyed buildings following an air strike in Aleppo's rebel-controlled neighbourhood of Karm al-Jabal on September 18, 2016. Syria's ceasefire was on the brink of collapsing on September 18, after a US-led coalition strike killed dozens of regime soldiers and Aleppo city was hit by its first raids in nearly a week. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRIKARAM AL-MASRI/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian man stands in the rubble of destroyed buildings following an air strike in Aleppo’s rebel-controlled neighbourhood of Karm al-Jabal 

A Syrian man and his son pray over the grave of a relative at a cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on September 12, 2016, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. / AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-DoumySAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian man and his son pray over the grave of a relative at a cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus