Earlier this week the Assad regime and its allies cut off the last remaining rebel supply lines into the Syrian city of Aleppo, leaving the regime poised to retake the city and guarantee its position for years to come.
Syria’s rebel opposition have held positions inside Aleppo for nearly five years, and are unlikely to overcome Assad, Iran, and Russia’s overwhelming firepower. Assad, Iran, and Russia have undertaken a concerted campaign to make the rebel position as untenable as possible, by bombing hospitals and cutting off any access to humanitarian assistance. The regime and its allies have tried to bomb as many hospitals as possible within Aleppo to cut off Rebel access to healthcare.
Cutting access to healthcare and food also makes life as miserable as possible for civilians living under rebel occupation. Assad and his allies hope to exploit this misery to lessen Rebel resistance and resources before they eventually assault the city.
The Syrian regime used the cover of a so-called ceasefire in celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid, to launch a massive assault on rebel held areas of Aleppo. The assault included seizure of high ground over the road, barrel bombs dropped on civilians, and Russian airstrikes on strategic Rebel enclaves.
Despite a devastating five years of civil war, 300,000 civilians remain inside Aleppo. The Assad regime’s strategy is to maintain control over as much of the civilian populace as possible to ensure his legitimacy in the eyes of the world, and bargain with the rebel opposition for peace from as strong a battlefield position as possible.
“It is a shame that the world in the 21st century is watching an 8,000-year-old city destroyed on the heads of its inhabitants and bombed with 200 air raids and dozens of barrel bombs daily without doing anything,” President of the Oppossition Council Anas Alabdah told The Daily beast.
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