AMMAN, Jordan — Syrian government troops who have besieged dozens of rebel-held communities are moving toward their biggest target yet — the opposition-controlled neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo, where some 300,000 people risk being trapped.
Sieges were widely used for centuries as a military tool — from Jerusalem to Leningrad and Sarajevo — and aren't defined outright as a war crime. However, recent images of emaciated civilians in blockaded areas, such as the Syrian town of Madaya, have prompted global outrage.
20:51 Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight13
17:54 Syrian Army suspends active military operation in Aleppo – Russian FM12
12:11 Syrian Forces Said to Drive Deeper Into Rebel-Held Aleppo11
09:18 Syrian government troops, allied militiamen seize more ground in Aleppo17