Syria Under Siege
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The town of Zabadani experiences night-time shelling. Government forces used flares to locate Free Syrian Army positions.
Ongoing conflict in Syria between troops and militia loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and dissidents of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other rebel groups, led to escalating fatalities and a massive exodus of refugees. Government forces were accused of deliberate mass targeting and indiscriminate use of airpower, particularly in battles for the cities of Homs and Aleppo.
A peace plan drafted by UN envoy Kofi Annan in March failed, and a further UN-brokered ceasefire during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha in October also collapsed. By November, an estimated 2.5 million people had been displaced, with tens of thousands crossing borders into neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. A UN survey at the end of the year held the death toll nationwide to be at least 60,000.
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About the photographer
Alessio Romenzi was born in Colle Sant’Angelo, a small village in the Italian Apennines, in 1974.
After working as a carpenter in a factory, he graduated in 2009 with a master’s degree in photojournalism from Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata in Rome. He then moved to the Middle East to begin his career as a photographer.
He later became one of the first photographers to be smuggled into Syria. His pictures have appeared in publications across the globe including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Paris Match, Newsweek, El Mundo, The Guardian and The Telegraph.
He also regularly works with major international organizations’ media outlets, including Amnesty International, the U.N.’s FAO, UNICEF, UNESCO, International Committee of the Red Cross, Save the Children, Terres des Hommes and War Child International.
He is based in the Middle East and his work is represented by Corbis and Emblema.