The key northern city of Aleppo remains split between government-held districts and those held by assorted rebels, and the civilian population trapped in the middle. Once again, heavy rebel shelling of government districts changed little in the way of territory, but inflicted many more civilian casualties.
At least 38 people were killed, including 14 children, and over 150 others were wounded in mortar attacks which continued throughout the day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported rocket fire continued into the evening.
Before the civil war, Aleppo was Syria’s financial and industrial capital, and the battle over control of the city was supposed to be a decisive moment in the conflict. Instead, the battle quickly stalemated, and years later the fighting is no closer to resolution.
Making matters even worse, the city has been so badly damaged in all this fighting, and the population scattered as refugees, that whoever ends up with Aleppo will have only a husk of the formerly powerful city, and nothing like the war-ending win everyone was expecting.
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