Satellite Pics Show Destruction of Aleppo

Amnesty International: Photos reveal 'relentless bombardment'

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2013 5:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – Death, from above: Satellite photos of a city at the heart of the Syrian uprising are "emblematic of the relentless bombardment" by government forces, says Amnesty International. Taken earlier this year, the images make destroyed houses in Aleppo look like piles of white powder amid a gray mass—but hundreds of ruined or damaged buildings and over a thousand roadblocks are still visible, the AP reports. "You can see really clearly buildings—groups of buildings—that were there a year ago that are no longer there today," says a rep from Amnesty, which released the photos today.

Composite satellite photos of the Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria,  a UNESCO world heritage site, on March 1, 2013, left,  compared to  May 26, 2013, right.
Composite satellite photos of the Great Mosque of Aleppo, Syria, a UNESCO world heritage site, on March 1, 2013, left, compared to May 26, 2013, right.   (AP Photo/ Digital Globe via Amnesty International)
Satellite photo of the adjoining Ard al-Hamra and Tariq al-Bab districts of Aleppo, Syria following missile strikes in the early evening of February 22, 2013.
Satellite photo of the adjoining Ard al-Hamra and Tariq al-Bab districts of Aleppo, Syria following missile strikes in the early evening of February 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Digital Globe via Amnesty International)
Satellite photo of the Jabal Badro area of Aleppo, Syria following a ballistic missile strike in the evening of 18 February 2013 which reportedly killed scores of residents.
Satellite photo of the Jabal Badro area of Aleppo, Syria following a ballistic missile strike in the evening of 18 February 2013 which reportedly killed scores of residents.   (AP Photo/ Digital Globe via Amnesty International)
Satellite photo of the adjoining Ard al-Hamra and Tariq al-Bab districts of Aleppo, Syria prior to missile strikes in the early evening of February 22, 2013.
Satellite photo of the adjoining Ard al-Hamra and Tariq al-Bab districts of Aleppo, Syria prior to missile strikes in the early evening of February 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Digital Globe via Amnesty International)
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