Aleppo, Syria - that tip-of-the-tongue word for a known town that epitomizes the humanitarian wrongs and failings of the Syrian conflict, is falling. The demise of rebel-held Aleppo becomes another tragic milestone in the six-year execution of Bashar al Assad's war upon the Syrian people.
With rebel held, government held and Kurdish held areas of the city, the rebel held sector had become the focus of much international press in recent months as starvation and other humanitarian sufferings intensified within the region, brought to wrought by Russia's reinforcement of Bashar al Assad's forces in the fight for Syria. The rebels have been out lasted and out-gunned in Aleppo by the forces of Vladimir Putin's Russia backing the Syrian army.
The United Nations(UN) Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien sounded yet another alarm over Aleppo this morning admitting that he was "extremely concerned about the fate of civilians as a result of the deeply alarming and chilling situation unfolding in Aleppo." In recent days, some 16,000 civilians have become displaced from the city because of government and Russian shelling of rebel held areas. Under Russian bombs, regime troops and militiamen have retaken more than a third of the rebel held eastern half of Aleppo since this weekend, the BBC-News revealed.
As a result, the fall of rebel-held Aleppo appear imminent with an associated added humanitarian tragedy unfolding in its wake. Sadly, the humanitarian blight that is the Syrian conflict will not end in Aleppo. Given the great rift, divide and high crimes committed in the conflict, Syria faces many years of insurgency fighting.