Since January 31st, intensified conflict displaced at least 70,000 people from rural villages in northern Aleppo province and eastern Aleppo city. According to REACH, 50 to 70% of the remaining population of Aleppo city could potentially leave if conditions continue to deteriorate.
The State of the Conflict
Russian and government bombing intensified, especially in northern Aleppo countryside, as well as the western countryside, eastern districts of Aleppo and ISIS-held al-Bab town. These attacks killed over 100 and destroyed infrastructure, including schools and hospitals. Opposition groups launched several rockets into government-held Aleppo, killing dozens.
Strikes on hospitals and schools killed up to 50 in Aleppo and Idlib provinces and a Russian missile severely damaged a maternity hospital in A’zaz. The ICRC called for the immediate halt of attacks on health care facilities and personnel.
Halab News Network reported about Hreitan town, just outside Aleppo city. Residents say the bombing has pushed most residents out and schools are closed.
Turkish authorities report they have started erecting 1000 pre-fabricated houses for refugees in Oncupinar camp.
Life in Aleppo
Russian bombing destroyed historical houses behind Shaibani Church, al-Jalloum district, Old Aleppo.
The White Helmets teach basic first aid and avoiding unexploded ordnance in western Aleppo countryside.
The Religious Affairs Directorate in the northern countryside suspended Friday prayers in mosques because of bombings.
Identity of a Nation organized a panel exploring “The challenges faced by women in liberated Aleppo.”
Aleppo’s underground hospitals. Interview with Syrian American Medical Society Doctor Iyad Azrak.
Local government collecting garbage in al-Marjeh district, opposition-held eastern Aleppo.
In 2015, the Syrian textile industry lost USD$100M. The Government’s Director of Textile Industries Nidal Abdulfattah told al-Souria that only 12 of Syria’s 25 textile factories are operating and electricity outages and the lack of raw materials and workers caused most losses.
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