The huge billows of smoke quickly vanished from Aleppo’s sky. The smoke was caused by tires that residents burnt to obstruct Syrian regime and Russian jets from shelling besieged areas. A small victory was achieved in terms of attempts to end the siege of 300,000 people, but polarization over the ongoing battle in Aleppo has quickly dominated.
The regime, its allies and supporters celebrate Aleppo’s siege amid calls to be more violent. Meanwhile, rebel groups continue to adopt an extremist, sectarian approachDiana Moukalled