Aliaa is now living in sanctuary after a brutal journey that nearly killed her.
Fierce battles between Daesh and the Syrian regime forces over the 4,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site resulted in the displacement of thousands of people as well as damage to ancient ruins.
The Bashar al Assad regime announced that troops had entered the area, just days after taking the surrounding mountains. The regime had recaptured the city from Daesh in March 2016 only to lose it again in December.
The FSA has liberated two villages near Manbij from the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), while Syrian regime forces backed by Russia prepare to retake the ancient city of Palmyra from Daesh.
Opposition forces have withdrawn from six neighbourhoods in the city, their last holdouts in Aleppo.
As of June 2016, there are 48 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in danger; climate change is threatening to put many more sites onto that same list.
UNESCO says despite damage carried out by DAESH the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra retains its 'authenticity'
Mass grave containing bodies of 42 people killed by DAESH in Palmyra has been found by regime forces
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