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Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN) Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) – Access to northern parts of Syria held by rebels is increasingly rare for foreign journalists, but Brazilian photographer Gabriel Chaim recently spent weeks there and captured footage and stories while he was there.

The world may not always be watching, but that doesn't slow the slaughter in Syria.

The regime is still firing scud missiles, turning parts of Aleppo into rubble. As many are 70 people were killed, including women and children, with bodies left under rubble, according to witnesses.

"This is how Bashar al-Assad claims he's fighting terrorism," one man said.

Humanity has been slowly extinguished in Aleppo. Out of the death and dust though, sometimes life emerges.

The regime's crudest way of killing by jet is the barrel bomb. One hit Mais' home. Her family is gone, that's all her new parents, who never had children themselves, know about her.

"They found her crying so hard," said Mais' caregiver. "It's a miracle, the whole building gone and only her left. Her whole body was blue with dust. She has no-one."

This is being a lucky orphan in Syria; six families share one house.

Some survivors left are stranded. A pair of brothers was injured in the same blast in the moderate Badr Brigade.

"I don't have the money for the operation now," Fayad al-Fayad said. "The liberated areas don't have the ability."

Neither can use the gun they keep nearby for protection.

The few remaining doctors are near breaking point.

"He has shrapnel; we think it's in the heart," said the doctor.

They have to test for a heartbeat by inserting their fingers into the chest.

"We cannot hear the sounds of the heart; in this case, 99% he is dead."

Daily, he watches patients die who he could have saved with proper equipment in a hospital.

"It's very difficult," said the doctor. "You just work day and night and people just die for no reason at all. We don't have anything. You know you can do something, but they just die."

Suffering is still finding ways to worsen in Syria.

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