Once the largest city in Syria, Aleppo is now a shadow of its former self after more than four years of war. It’s been the most hotly contested urban area throughout the Syrian Civil War, and has changed hands many times between different rebel groups, which mostly consist of radical Islamists now. It’s estimated that over 1 million people remain in the shelled out city, which was once home to over 2 million.
However, it appears that Aleppo is close to falling back into the hands of the Syrian government. The Syrian military, with the help of the Russian and Iranian governments, has finally overrun that last rebel supply route leading into the city’s eastern district, where the last rebel holdouts are still lingering.
In addition to this, the Syrian military has been leveling the nearby rural community of Darayya with thousands of barrel bombs. The town of 8,000 people was one of the first areas where the rebels emerged, and the surrounding agricultural area has been almost completely captured by the government. It’s believed that by capturing this community, the Syrian government is trying to starve out the opposition forces.
Although local authorities have managed to build a sizeable stockpile of food and medicine, it’s not clear how long it will last. Citizens of Aleppo’s eastern district are already reporting that fresh produce is in short supply, which is surely a harbinger of things to come if the government’s siege isn’t swiftly concluded.
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