20 photos of the same places, before and after the war, of the city of Aleppo, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Syria’s civil war is a conflict that began in 2011 and which faces the government forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad against a conglomerate of opponents of various kinds.
Initially the war was between the army and the so-called “Syrian opposition” and later joined other forces such as the self-styled Islamic State, which allowed them to expand into large areas of Syria from the regions of Iraq that already controlled.
The Syrian government has the support of Russia, a traditional ally since the time of the Soviet Union, in addition to Iran and the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The Syrian government has shown that the first riots of 2011 were driven by the West to overthrow the government and take control of the country and remove it from Russian influence.
For its part, the Syrian opposition has the support of the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as other countries in the Persian Gulf. The self-styled Islamic state, in turn, is at war both against government forces and against the Syrian opposition. The IE is financed by the sale of antiquities and oil, mainly to Turkey, which expelled from occupied areas in Syria and Iraq.
It is estimated that by the end of 2015 civil war in Syria had produced 220,000 dead and more than three million displaced persons, causing the largest number of refugees of the last 20 years and the destruction of a huge number of cities.
One of the cities that has suffered a more systematic destruction has been Aleppo, the most populous city of Syria and considered the economic capital of the country.
Since 2012 the battle for control of the city has been fierce, with several offensives and counteroffensives, both by the government army and the opposition forces, suffering numerous bombings and blockades resulting in almost total destruction of the city and A large number of victims among the civilian population, always the weakest part in any armed conflict.