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A pilgrim walks in a walkway around the courtyard of the Great Mosque or Umayyad Mosque on February 26, 2007 in Aleppo, Syria. This is the largest and oldest mosque in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria and it is said to entomb the remains of Zechariah, father of John the Baptist.In 2012, Aleppo became a site of fierce civil conflicts.