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Siege of Aleppo

Photographer

Javier Manzano

Agence France-Presse / Getty Images

31 October, 2012

In July, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) entered Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial capital. Rebel-held neighborhoods, initially in southwest Aleppo and later throughout the city, became battlefields, as government forces attempted to regain control.

About

Javier Manzano

Javier Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in the United States. Born in Mexico, Manzano moved with his family to the US at the age of 18. To a large extent, Manzano...

Background story

Aleppo, Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs through an area considered no-man’s land, in the Karm al-Jabal district of Aleppo, one of the fronts of severest conflict with government forces.

 

In July, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) entered Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial capital. Rebel-held neighborhoods, initially in southwest Aleppo and later throughout the city, became battlefields, as government forces attempted to regain control.

Both rebel and regime forces deployed snipers, and the national army made use of heavy artillery and air power to bombard occupied areas. A UN-brokered ceasefire in late October was not honored by either side, and casualties rose steeply in November.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/640
Focal length
50 mm
F-Stop
8
ISO
1600

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