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Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilities

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Many Syrian government soldiers, after years of intense fighting, now face a new reality of learning to live without one or more of their limbs or with other serious disabilities. One hospital manufactures 60 prosthetic limbs a day, reflecting the high demand in a nation wracked by a bloody civil war.

There are no official statistics for the number of troops killed or wounded in the seven-year conflict, but casualties are estimated to be in the tens of thousands. (AP)

Photography by Hassan Ammar/AP

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A Syrian soldier who lost his leg while fighting in Syria’s war walks on a prosthetic during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


A colorfully painted prosthetic leg — which belongs to a Syrian soldier who lost his leg while fighting in Syria’s war — is seen propped against a wall at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


A Syrian soldier who has paralysis is seen after a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Haidar Hussein, a Syrian soldier who lost his legs while fighting on the frontlines in Syria’s war, walks on prosthetics during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Prosthetic legs on shelves at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Omar Beik, a 32-year-old soldier from Aleppo who lost his legs in April when he stepped on a landmine in the final days of the battle for Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, uses wheelchair during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Employees of the center for prosthetics and orthotics at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital work on a form for a prosthetic leg in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


A Syrian soldier who lost his legs while fighting in Syria’s war walks on prosthetics during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Mostafa, a Syrian soldier who lost his legs while fighting in Syria’s war, does a pull-up during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Syrian soldiers who lost their legs while fighting in Syria’s war wheel themselves beneath a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad after a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Syrian soldier who lost his legs while fighting in Syria’s war helps a comrade after a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Syrian soldiers who lost their legs while fighting in Syria’s war pose for a photo during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


Syrian soldiers who lost their legs while fighting in Syria’s war help a comrade with paralysis, center, walk during a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)


A girl helps her father, who was injured in Syria’s war, after a physical therapy session at the Ahmad Hamish Martyr hospital in Damascus, Syria. (Photo: Hassan Ammar/AP)