News Daily Spot: The siege of Aleppo marks a turning point in the Syrian war

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The siege of Aleppo marks a turning point in the Syrian war

Images of Aleppo, Idlib and Syria's border with Turkey can be described in one word: desperation.

Tens of thousands of people fled the relentless bombing of President Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies. Hundreds of thousands more remain trapped.

In a few weeks, the battlefield of Syria has transformed the balance of power has been sprayed and the prospects for the peace talks are virtually extinct.

Meanwhile, another wave of displaced civilians converge on the border with Turkey, trapped by the advancing forces of the regime.

Last week, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, with the support of the Shiite militia from Iran and Lebanon, cut the main road linking Aleppo to the Turkish border, a passage through which both rebels and NGOs moved supplies.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that several villages in the area were hit by air strikes on Sunday.

A battle for Aleppo, the largest city in Syria before the war seems imminent.

Regime forces and their allies on the ground, supported by Russian bombers in the air, are now focused on the eastern half of the city, still in the hands of a coalition of rebel groups. An estimated 320,000 people are still living, or subsistiendo- there under the continuous bombardment.

There are reports of shortages of diesel and food, but many residents are afraid to leave

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