One year after releasing a statement warning the international community of the impending crisis in Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city, Amnesty International has released new satellite images showing the city before and after the catastrophic events of the past year.
The before and after photos consist of seven images of three Aleppo neighborhoods, taken over a nine-month period from September 2012 to May 2013.
Destruction of Minaret of Great Mosque of Aleppo, April 2013. (Courtesy Amnesty International).
"The project represents the most comprehensive physical damage assessment of Syria’s largest city to date," the organization's official statement said.
Tariq al-Bab Ballistic Missile Strike Feb. 22, 2013 (Courtesy Amnesty International).
Known among combatants as the "mother of all battles," the fight for Aleppo has claimed the lives of over 10,000 soldiers and civilians since fighting initially broke in July 2012.
Ard al-Harma Ballistic Missile Strike Feb. 22, 2013. (Courtesy Amnesty International).
In February, the Syrian government fired ballistic missiles on Aleppo in what Amnesty International described as "alarming evidence of the human toll of escalating tactics deployed by parties to the conflict."