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Battle to Death

Photographer

Fabio Bucciarelli

Agence France-Presse

11 October, 2012

The Syrian commercial hub of Aleppo was the scene of some of the bloodiest clashes in the ongoing uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Both government and opposition forces considered control of Aleppo to be strategically important to their aims.

About

Fabio Bucciarelli

Before becoming a documentary photographer, Fabio Bucciarelli received a MSc in engineering from the Polytecnico di Torino. He also attended the Universitat Politècnica de Valènc...

Background story

Aleppo, Syria

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter prepares to fire a rocket-propelled grenade against government forces, in Aleppo’s Old City.

 

The Syrian commercial hub of Aleppo was the scene of some of the bloodiest clashes in the ongoing uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Both government and opposition forces considered control of Aleppo to be strategically important to their aims.

The FSA first seized parts of the city in July. In the months that followed, government forces battled to recapture it, with limited success. By the end of the year, the Syrian military had control over a western segment of the city, with the rebels entrenched in much of the east and south. Some of the fiercest fighting was in and around the Old City.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/250 sec
Focal length
35 mm
F-Stop
8
ISO
640
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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