The war in Syria has been going on for over 5 years now, but it wasn’t until recently that the brutal war caught the attention of American citizens who have seen the #AleppoIsBurning hashtag taking over their timelines.
Videos and pictures of the gruesome war being fought in the Middle East have now made more people aware of the conflict and open their hearts out to the many victims from this heartbreaking civil war.
For those who want to know exactly what is going on in Syria, read more from the BBC below.
Aleppo is a city in the country of Syria, in the Middle East. The country is in the middle of a civil war that has been going on for over five years. It is being fought between soldiers who support the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, and a group of fighters known as rebels, who don’t want him to be in power anymore.
Aleppo used to be Syria’s largest city, with about 2.3 million people living there. It was also the country’s main place for industry and finance, so it was important to the economy.
The conflict in Syria started in a city in the south of the country called Deraa, in March 2011. However, by July 2012, the fighting reached Aleppo and the city has since become one of the main battlegrounds for the civil war ever since.
As the government forces and the rebels starting fighting in Aleppo, the city became roughly divided in half. Those against the Syrian government (the rebels) mainly had control of the east of the city, while the government soldiers had control of the west. The city has been divided in two like this for much of the last four years.
However, towards the end of this year, government troops launched attacks against the rebels to try to win control of the whole city. The government forces have now taken back control of the city of Aleppo and defeated the rebels. This is significant in the Syrian civil war as they now have control over Syria’s four largest cities.
The fight between the Syrian government and the rebels in Aleppo has had a devastating impact on the lives of many ordinary people in the city.
Take a look at some of the images filling timelines with the #AleppoIsBurning hashtag below.
🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴WAKE UP WORLD !!! Why medias are not reporting enough from Syria? They have been screaming for our help over 5 YEARS !! Cry for them like u cried for Paris or when u cried for New York!100,000 people are trapped inside awaiting their death! Women are now asked to kill them selfs rather than be captured and raped! Blood runs trough these streets and it stains the hands of our world leaders who have watched the city fall. Only freedom for them is dying!!!! They have give up on us and from all international human organizations !! Innocent people! Children for god sake!! Where are you world!!?? I feel helpless!! I want to pull my hair out and scream watching this !!! This would not be acceptable if it would happen in Europe or USA!!! Then why are we allowing this! Why are they any different from you and me! Wake up people!! Don’t let media blind you!!! there is a bigger crime! It is the silence of the world! They need us!! They need you!!! Remember them! honor them! Please stand with Aleppo, please share ! The world needs humans with humanity to save them!! Please fight for Aleppo! Tomorrow you will stand in front of God, and he saw the day when u closed ur eyes. Please help!!!! 💔 #syria #savealeppo #prayforaleppo #haleb #aleppo #children #humanity
Talk about Aleppo!! Cry for Aleppo. Pray for Aleppo! Talk about Aleppo!! Where is our humanity? Where is our compassion? Where is our heart? How can this be happening and nothing be done about it? What kind of world are we living in? I am truly heartbroken. #prayforaleppo #aleppoisbleeding #aleppo #prayforsyria #peace #humanity #aleppo #syria #pray #spiritual #gypsy #hippie #pagan #lightworker #thinkingoutloud #witchesofinstagram #gypsysoul #hippy #rebel #wicca #thirdeye #freespirit #freethinker #bohemian #hippielife #manifest #lawofattraction #namaste #moonchild #wanderlust
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