“Do certain images of injured kids stay in my mind more than others? If you asked me that two years ago, then I could probably give an answer. But today, after witnessing the huge number of massacres that I have, it’s very hard to think of one specific instance. It’s become a daily occurrence. Now images stay in my mind for a short while before they slip away, to take their place alongside all the others. My own personal graveyard.” AFP Photographer Abd Doumany
Following months long battles over al-Mallah Farms in northwestern Aleppo, regime forces have descended onto the Castello Road and cut off the only supply route for eastern Aleppo. Now an estimated 300,000 Aleppians join another 1 million Syrians living under complete siege. Meanwhile the bombing that never stopped for a few years intensified.
“Al-Assad forces and Russian airplanes are trying to control this road to besiege Aleppo … Those civilians are in danger of a lack of food, medicine and everything. And all the world is silent towards these things. These crimes.” Make-shift Aleppo University lecturer AbdulKafi Alhamdo spoke to ITV about the siege.
“Big businesses are closing and the problems we are facing only young people can solve…The need for startups and entrepreneurship culture is really essential for Syria.” Leen Darwish. Read about her coding app Remmaz here.
A recent anonymous author’s photo (weekly featured image) of Aleppo’s Clock Tower has been circulating in Syrian social media. The structure, one of Aleppo’s main sites, has endured some damage, especially to the clock part of the tower. Access to the area is restricted as it became at the frontline on the regime controlled side.
Qabas educational organisation in Aleppo takes its students in a “historical tour” around the Old City. They visited, among other sites, Bimaristan an-Nouri – a 12th Century mental institution where patients used to be treated with means that included the sound of water fountains.
World Bank report: Aleppo is the worst hit Syrian city, with housing and energy the most badly affected sectors.
A video from an anonymous French source of Aleppo’s most famous fawwal, or ful cook, Abu Abdo, shows rare footage of the lively interaction between the customers and the renowned fawwal.
Radio Hara FM publishes videos from Old Aleppo in 360 degree imaging
Aleppian programmer invited to participate in the Google I/O 2016 conference in the US was rejected visa, creating sympathy and discontent in Syrian social media. Here’s about his company’s most popular app, Gherbtna (Our Expatriation).
ASOR launches its Cultural Heritage Monitor app for phones and PC. It allows people to report on status quo of sites as well as violations, such as artefact theft.
The relentless pummelling of Sheikh Maqsoud has devastated the lives of civilians in the area. A wide array of armed groups from the Fatah Halab coalition has launched what appear to be repeated indiscriminate attacks that may amount to war crimes,” Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International.