Aleppian Ahmad al-Sawas, Syria’s national gymnastics champion when fighting broke out, did not compete at the Rio Olympics. Read his story here.
Aleppians at the Olympics
Swimmer Baean Jouma is scheduled to compete as a member of the Syrian national team in the women’s 50m freestyle on Friday. Read her story here.
Ghofrane al-Mohammad is scheduled to compete as a member of the Syrian national team in the 400m hurdles on Tuesday. She competed in the same event in 2012, but was disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.
Swimmer Ramis Anis swam a personal best of 54.25sec in the 100m freestyle as a member of the Refugee Olympic team. “In 2020,” he said, “I hope I will be able to swim under my own flag.” Read his story here.
Aleppo Under Siege
Unicef urged all parties to allow technicians to repair the electricity and water systems. The city has been without water for several days.
We published July’s update of Armenak Tokmajyan’s Conflict Timeline.
The Economist’s weekly obituary profiled Qusai Abtini, sit-com star of Aleppo. The fourteen year old was killed in mid-July while attempting to leave the city.