Residents in Syria’s Aleppo fear blockade as regime advances

AFP reports: Shop shelves are bare and prices have doubled in Syria’s Aleppo as the threat of a blockade looms after advancing regime forces cut off the second city’s main supply route last week.

“What will happen when food runs out? We’ll die of hunger,” said Abu Mohammed, who has seven children.

“Everybody here fears a blockade. We can feel it unavoidably coming,” said the 42-year-old salesman from the southeastern Fardoss neighbourhood.

Some 300,000 people are at risk of being placed under siege in Aleppo, a city that has been divided since 2012, with government forces controlling the west and rebels the east. [Continue reading…]

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