Besieged Aleppans impose make-shift 'no-fly zone' with burning tires
Residents of other rebel-held cities and villages are also expressing solidarity with the rebel efforts.
In rebel-held Aleppo, residents have set tires on fire, covering the sky over the city and surrounding countryside with black plumes of smoke, as footage on social media showed, in an effort to decrease visibility for regime and Russian warplanes.
"The idea of setting tires on fire started with a group of children who acted spontaneously, before it spread in the rest of eastern Aleppo and the countryside," Mansour Hussein, an activist in Aleppo, told The New Arab.
For his part, Majed Abdul-Nour, another activist, said: "There is a climate of celebration in liberated parts of Aleppo. The rebels are not alone."
July 7: The Syrian regime and its allies moved in early July to capture Castello road
Around 30 percent of fatalities had been the result of shelling and explosions.
Around 3,570 Syrians have been killed by airstrikes so far this year.
Despite continual pleas for a no-fly zone to be enforced in Syria’s second city, international powers have bee reluctant to enforce their demands.
In support of the residents of besieged Aleppo, social media users have been using the hashtag AngerForAleppo to highlight what they say is the heroic steadfastness of the city's residents under assault.
An estimated 300,000 civilians are trapped in rebel-held parts of the city.
Since the siege took hold on July 17, there have been reports of food and fuel shortages, amid relentless bombardment by regime and Russian forces including of medical facilities.
Aleppo, Syria's once-economic powerhouse, is the second largest city in the country. It is divided between the regime in the western parts and the rebels in the east.
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