Over the past five days, Aleppo has witnessed bombardments as never seen before as government jets and Islamist rebels have blown residential areas into smithereens.
The vast majority of Syrians in Aleppo are civilian; these people are now paying the ultimate price as 62 residents have been killed by rebel shells and nearly 100 civilians killed in rebel-held districts by Syrian airstrikes in the past week.
Meanwhile, the UN says a Syrian airstrike targeted one of few operational hospitals in rebel areas of Aleppo while Islamist rebels indiscriminately fired hundreds of mortar shells on the Armenian and Christian districts in western Aleppo.
Aleppo, the most populated city in Syria, has been the site of clashes ever since Syrian rebels entered its districts in the summer of 2012 from the surrounding countryside.
While over two million civilians remain in war-torn districts of Aleppo city, hundreds of thousands have fled to Turkey, Lebanon and Europe.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been gaining ground inside the city and countryside of Aleppo since 2014 as government forces will likely encircle the rebel-held districts of the provincial capital in the coming months.