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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SAMMY KETZ AND ZEIN AL-RIFAI
Elderly Syrian Christians share a meal at the Saint Elias centre for the elderly in the rebel-held side of the northern city of Aleppo northern city of Aleppo on November 18, 2014. Tens of thousands of Christians have fled homes in Syria’s war-wracked second city of Aleppo but many others are determined to hold out despite their dread of Islamic State jihadists. According to Fabrice Balanche, a French university lecturer and expert on Syria, only around one million residents remain out of the city’s pre-war population of 2.5 million. From its 250,000 Christians, “more than half have left, and there are only 100,000 left, 50,000 of them Armenians,” said Balanche. AFP PHOTO/ZEIN AL-RIFAI (Photo credit should read ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images)