A six-year civil war that has claimed well over 400,000 lives could deprive future Syrians, and the world at large, of this long-standing heritage.
There are detailed plans for the old city’s great medieval mosques, souks, bath houses and citadel from an earlier restoration that should allow exact reconstruction.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
The Syrian government allows Kurdish rule in the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, population 40,000, but the relationship is a complicated and potentially problematic one.
In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full and children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war.
“Hospitals are closing because their supporters from outside are bored now because it’s the seventh year of the revolution. Many of them don’t want to come in anymore.”
With the last rebel fighters leaving the town of Damascus, the same is expected in Zabadani with the government gradually restoring services in these areas.
Thousands of Syrians have been evacuated from besieged areas in recent months under deals between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebels.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which pro-Damascus media said was carried out by a suicide car bomber.
The 19-year-old became a global symbol of the fight for girls’ education after being shot in Pakistan’s Swat valley in 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.
When US rivals committed atrocities in Aleppo, Western talking heads were appalled. But when the US supports them in Mosul? Silence.
The decision to not attend the talks was taken as a result of Russia’s failure to end what the opposition says are widespread violations of a Turkish-Russian brokered ceasefire last December.
A US district judge barred the enforcement of the policy to deny US entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the country.
Caught out by the side effects of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating relations with the EU and the US, Turkey now appears to be in search of South-South cooperation.
Aleppo is one of the Middle East’s great historic centres, its ancient citadel and mosques, damaged during the ongoing war are a source of Syrian pride.
Syria and its ally Russia, who helped state troops in the retaking of Aleppo have repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.
On the ground, rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the deal.
Both Turkey and Russia, backing opposing sides in the conflict, are encouraging peace talks and want to disentangle themselves from the war.
The talks will stress on fully implementing the hitherto violated ceasefire agreement made by the government and its Iranian-backed allies.
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
Bashar al-Assad, also said his government was ready to negotiate on “everything” at peace talks his Russian allies hope to convene in Kazakhstan.
People in Aleppo have put their hopes in the peace process that brought the ceasefire under which rebels gave up the city’s eastern areas last month.
Syrians have poured into Idlib at an accelerating rate over the last year, forced to abandon their homes in other parts of western Syria that the government and its foreign military allies have recaptured from rebels.
Unless we find genuine human empathy, as opposed to the politically manufactured kind, we will be easier victims of propaganda.
The images we have seen of Aleppo could play an important role in future discourses about the responsibility to protect.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared close to victory, but UN officials said that evacuations were still on and needed to be completed.
The fate of those stuck in the last rebel bastion in Aleppo is still at stake after a series of sudden advances by the Syrian army and allied Shi’ite militias under an intense bombardment that pulverised large sections of the city.
Proposed by France, the resolution calls for “unimpeded access” to East Aleppo in order to ensure the safety of evacuees and those that remain in the city.
Andrei Karlov was killed by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.
Videos posted on social media showed bearded men with guns cheering and shouting “God is great” after torching the green buses before they were able to reach the villages.
A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after demands from pro-government forces that two more villages be evacuated.
After evacuations from war-torn Aleppo were obstructed, the UN will vote on Sunday on a resolution to allow its own officials to facilitate the evacuation process.
While Trump wants to build ‘safe zones’ in conflict-ridden Syria and have the Gulf States pay for them, Obama said that this will be difficult to enforce.
Russian air strikes in Aleppo have killed some 1,207 civilians, including 380 children, the Syrian White Helmets group told UN war crimes investigators in a letter.
Behind those fleeing was a wasteland of flattened buildings, concrete rubble and bullet-pocked walls.
An initial deal that would have seen thousands of civilians and opposition fighters granted safe passage out of the city stalled on Wednesday and the planned exodus failed to materialise.
The deal to evacuate rebels and civilians has been delayed as the ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia was stalled due to renewed fighting.
Assad has said victory in Aleppo would be a turning point in the war but that his army had to march on other rebel enclaves.
Recapturing the entire rebel pocket of Aleppo will constitute the biggest battlefield victory yet for Bashar al-Assad and his military coalition of Russia’s air force, Iran and Shi’ite militias.
Famous for textiles, soap and its UNESCO-listed citadel, Aleppo was Syria’s economic hub and of huge historic and cultural importance.