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Aleppo, Syria (October 2016)

These satellite images show what the devastation in Aleppo looks like from above


These satellite images show what the devastation in Aleppo looks like from above

Aleppo is a ghost town. Drone footage and satellite imagery obtained by Amnesty International shows what five years of war have done to what was once Syria's biggest city.

250,000 remain trapped

The drone video from earlier this month was captured by the Aleppo Media Center, a group of activists and citizen journalists.

The view from above shows the effects of Syria's indiscriminate bombing campaign: hollowed-out buildings, rubble choking the streets and few people in sight.


Following last month's short-lived cease-fire, the Syrian military hammered Aleppo with 600 airstrikes, killing 400 civilians, according to Amnesty.

Nowhere is safe in Aleppo city -- every one of us is a target.
Soha, resident of eastern Aleppo

About 250,000 civilians remain under constant threat of airstrikes, which Amnesty calls "part of a deliberate military strategy to empty the city of its inhabitants and seize control."

For civilians who remain, daily life is harrowing. Amnesty spoke to Soha, a local activist, who said she's terrified of losing her seven-month-old baby, so she takes him with her everywhere.

The general view of Aleppo city in Syria on Friday, March 17 2006. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

For some perspective, here's what Aleppo looked like before the war. Once home to 2.3 million people, Aleppo was the country's industrial and financial hub.  

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Now the city is in ruins. According to Amnesty, satellite imagery shows more than 110 buildings were damaged or destroyed in eastern Aleppo between September 18 and October 1, 2016. 


The rights group says the images provide evidence that Russian-made cluster munitions, which are banned under international law, are being used to target citizens in Aleppo. 

The world's inaction in the face of the continuing carnage and blatant violations in Aleppo city must end.
Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International

At the request of 70 UN member states, the UN General Assembly will hold a special session Thursday to address the situation in Syria.

The Security Council is deadlocked. Earlier this month Russia vetoed a U.S.-backed resolution that demanded Syria halt air its attacks in Aleppo. 

Photos courtesy of Amnesty International and video from Aleppo Media Centre. 

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