The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is in the midst of an unprecedented bombing campaign in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo.
For the last four months, the Syrian Air Force jets have been dropping bombs — including steel barrels packed with explosives and shrapnel — on rebel-held areas of the country’s former commercial and industrial hub.
This injured girl, in shock and covered with blood after a barrel bombing, exemplifies the reality of Assad’s sinister plan to retake one of the oldest cities in the world with indiscriminate force.
Here’s what the barrel bombings — and double barrel bombings — have looked like in various Syrian cities:
The result, seen across Syria, is sheer destruction:
There are numerous horrifying photos of the bombing campaign’s toll on the civilian population. The little girl, along with the distraught man in the background, depict the brutality of the crude devices while sparing the gore.
More than 7 million Syrians have fled during three years of war — one million to neighbouring Lebanon alone — but many of the country’s 23 million residents have no choice but to attempt a live in their battered country.
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