Satellite images show Aleppo devastation: Amnesty
LONDON (AP) - Satellite images have laid bare the suffering inflicted on Syria's largest city, a London-based rights group said on Wednesday, cataloguing hundreds of damaged or destroyed houses and more than a thousand roadblocks.
Amnesty International said it had worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to analyse pictures of Aleppo taken by aerospace imagery providers DigitalGlobe and Astrium for signs of destruction in the metropolis, which has been the scene of months of vicious fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to topple him.
"The images are a snapshot of a population under brutal siege," Amnesty's Christoph Koettl said in a statement.
The siege has its roots in the largely peaceful protests against Mr Assad's rule which broke out in early 2011. The regime responded with brutal force, and the protests morphed into an armed uprising and a civil war. The rebels launched an ambitious attempt to capture Aleppo last year, but they have been unable to solidify their hold on the city, which has since become the object of a bloody tug of war.