Aleppo: A Slow Death

Aleppo residents are bracing for an even colder and more brutal winter than last year, with declining resources

While the conflicting parties are busy with battles on more than one front in Aleppo and its countryside, the pressures of daily life still constitutes the biggest problems faced bythe  people in the province.

 

Aleppo residents face continued power outages that last for long hours each day and a water crisis that has become even worse with the difficulty of securing water and a rise in water prices.

 

The approach of a cold and brutal winter is becoming an obsession for the citizens of the city of Aleppo as can be seen in the rise price of diesel fuel and the lack of gas, as well as the disappearance of trees in the gardens, which were cut last year for heating.

 

Research centers indicate that the coming winter will be even more brutal as a result of global warming changes to climate.

 

That means that the city of Aleppo and its displaced people will suffer a real crisis in heating that may threaten dozens, even hundreds, of people with disease and even death.

 

As for food, the opening the road of Khanasser has given city's citizens a glimmer of hope to solve their crisis.

 

But people have been surprised by the high prices, despite the opening of the road from Aleppo to the coast and Damascus which opened the possibility of transferring large quantities of goods to the markets in Aleppo.

 

This caused frustration among the city's residents, who were also shocked by the decision to close the garage crossing was the last route left for the west of Aleppo.

 

The decision to close the route was made by Shariah Committee in Aleppo due to the clashes and the high state of alarm state among the fighting factions .

 

In fact, Aleppo faces a tragic slow death, and the fears are greater for the immediate future.

 

As battles rage on the fronts, they impose their shadow on the living conditions for the people. Merchants fear kidnapping, killing and hunting during their transportation of goods.

 

It seems that the living conditions of the people is not of the priority for any of the parties in this conflict, where the greatest importance today is given to obtaining means of pressure for the peace conference in Geneva. The citizen and his living conditions are not taken into account at all.

 

Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer
 

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