Striking images show Syrian city Aleppo before and after war



It had been reported that the battle for Aleppo was finally over after four and a half years of civil war. A Syrian rebel deal was reached, but the ceasefire has since ended.

Sky News cited the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, saying the rebels had retreated from the last six neighbourhoods, clearing the way for the government to reclaim the city.

Both sides have now accused each other of breaking the ceasefire after just one day, which is leaving residents trapped after initially allowing them to leave.

Since the war’s initiation, 250,000 people have been trapped in the city, with countless airstrikes leaving the city of shell of its former self.


Looking at images before and after the war gives us a sobering reminder of the consequences of major conflict.

Aleppo used to be Syria’s largest city, with a population of 2.3 million, and was the industrial and financial focal point.

The old city is a Unesco World Heritage site and used to be famous for its 12th Century Great Mosque and 13th Century citadel.

Aleppo has been divided into two, with the government controlling the western half and rebels controlling the east, with fighting taking place throughout the past four years.

This is what Aleppo looks like today. The Syrian city has been destroyed to the floor as Russian backed government forces and rebel fighters took on President Assad’s regime.

 

A general view shows the Old City of Aleppo as seen from Aleppo’s historic citadel, Syria December 11, 2009. Picture taken December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 

A general view taken with a drone shows the Old City of Aleppo and Aleppo’s historic citadel, Syria October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

A vendor sits inside an antique shop in al-Jdeideh neighbourhood, in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria December 12, 2009. Picture taken December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 

Men salvage belongings from their damaged shops at a site hit yesterday by airstrikes in the rebel held al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

A man crosses a street in Aleppo, Syria December 12, 2009. Picture taken December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 

Residents walk near damaged buildings in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

People tour inside Aleppo’s historic citadel, Syria December 11, 2009. Picture taken December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi 

A general view shows damage at Aleppo’s historic citadel, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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