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Here's The Heartwarming Story Behind These Photos From Eastern Aleppo

"To the girl who shared the siege with me: I love you."

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Photographs of this graffiti went on to be shared thousands of times.

Love conquers hate. "To the girl who shared the siege with me: I love you". A wall in Eastern Aleppo, yesterday.

People who shared the images were enchanted by the message, which read: "To the girl who shared the siege with me: I love you."

"To the girl who shared the siege with me: I love you". Eastern Aleppo, Dec 15, 2016. Syrians have the souls of poe… https://t.co/M7bo0WI226

"To the girl who shared the siege with me: I love you" e Aleppo, Dec 15, 2016

Salih, 24, told BuzzFeed News he wrote the graffiti with Marwa, 19, as they prepared to leave the city together.

A second piece of graffiti also written by the couple, neither of whom wanted their full names used, was also shared widely online. It read: "We will return to the city ... and feel its air."

"We want to remember [the city]," Marwa told BuzzFeed News. She said she was surprised by how many people had shared their message. "They're very kind to [share] my message to the world," she said in a chat over Facebook's messaging service.

Salih and Marwa said they got married three weeks ago.

The couple met after Salih, who works as a journalist and filmmaker, created a film illustrating the horror of what eastern Aleppo's citizens were enduring. Marwa, who helps traumatized children, was cast in a leading role.

"I think when I first saw him, I fell in love," she said.

The once-vital Syrian city has been in a state of war since 2012, as pro-government troops and rebel forces continued to fight. An estimated 250,000 people survived in increasingly dire conditions since the beginning of the war.

"We lost the city, but I think I will keep fighting," said Salih, who was born in Aleppo and studied at the city's university before the war. "We will work to come back to the city without [the] al-Assad regime."

The couple have now managed to leave eastern Aleppo after missing out on the first rounds of evacuation. They said they are together in a small town west of the city.

"We don't know [what we will do now]," Marwa said. "Syria is so dangerous. But we don't have any place to go to."

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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